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RPU Installs Solar Panels on Rehabilitated Oak Tree Apartments

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A 40-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) generation system installed by the City of Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) on the roof of the newly rehabilitated Oak Tree Apartments is on-line and assisting ...

low-income tenants.

Following the same innovative, nationally acclaimed approach successfully used in 2003 to revive the Autumn Ridge Apartments in Riverside, the utility collaborated with the non-profit Riverside Housing and Development Corporation (RHDC) to revitalize the 51-unit, three-story Oak Tree Apartments.

When RHDC acquired the bank-owned Oak Tree Apartments in 1996, only eight of the 51 units were occupied. RHDC renovated the property by doing interior and exterior painting, landscaping and open space improvements, then put strong onsite management personnel in place.

In conjunction with this effort, Riverside Public Utilities used public benefits funds to procure and install a rooftop mounted photovoltaic power system for the common areas and managers units of the apartment building. The PV system reduces operating costs, which RHDC passes through as a lease credit to assist low-income tenants.

RPU Deputy Director David Wright said, “This type of project provides more affordable housing for the residents, uses renewable Green Power solar energy that reduces tons of air pollutants over the 25- to 30-year life span of the PV system, improves the neighborhood and beautifies Riverside.”

RHDC Executive Director Bruce Kulpa said, “The Oak Tree Apartments are now a showcase for community pride in a previously troubled neighborhood. Following the Oak Tree's revitalization, numerous other properties in the neighborhood have also invested in significant renovations and improvements that have helped change the perception and reputation of the neighborhood.”

Riverside Public Utilities now has four solar PV generation stations online producing 410-kW and 10 other PV stations approved for or in construction.

For more information about the Oak Tree Apartments and Riverside Public Utilities’ other PV generation stations, visit riversidepublicutilities.com or contact RPU Programs and Services at (909) 826-5485.

Riverside Public Utilities is a consumer-owned water and electric utility that serves over 100,000 electric and 60,000 water customers within the City of Riverside.

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