A Salem affordable housing complex plans to carry out a solar energy project with the help of a recent $100,000 grant.
The project calls for the installation of a solar hot air system at the 283-unit Salem Heights rental housing development on Pope Street. The new system will reduce natural gas consumption at the property by using solar energy to heat the air that is introduced as part of normal building ventilation.
Preservation of Affordable Housing, the Boston-based nonprofit owner of Salem Heights, was awarded the money through TD Charitable Foundation’s Housing for Everyone grant competition. In all, 25 groups from Maine to Florida were awarded $100,000 grants in this round of funding. Preservation of Affordable Housing won a separate grant from the foundation a year ago that it used to install a similar solar hot water system at its Sugar River Mills apartments in Claremont, N.H. Salem Heights consists of two high rise buildings connected by a single story lobby.
“As the owner of a large and growing portfolio, POAH believes that ‘greening’ our properties is both a good business practice and consistent with our mission goals,” Amy Anthony, president of Preservation of Affordable Housing, said in a statement.