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An agricultural solar design at Camphora Apartments





This large affordable housing unit is dedicated to providing clean, safe and affordable housing to the farm-workers working in the “lettuce bowl of the world” in the Salinas Valley, Ca. This carport solar design expects to not only offset all of the common meter usage but also the majority of the tenants’ electrical usage.

Camphora provides 44 two- and three-bedroom apartments that are affordable to residents with annual incomes between 30% and 60% of the Monterey County Area Median Income, about $21,500 to $43,000 per year for a family of four. Transforming what used to be a run-down labor camp with concrete block structures, Camphora is a welcoming home for its farmworker residents, providing an environmentally-responsible and amenity-rich community with quality solar design, onsite management and supportive services provided by Eden Housing.


  • System size = 244,000 W
  • kWh production = 333,053

Greenhouse gas equivalent = 234 Metric Tons, equivalent to:

  • 560,965 miles driven by an average car.
  • 542 barrels of oil consumed.
  •  1.9 acres of U.S. Forests preserved from conversion to cropland in one year.


“This is a remarkable project that will directly help people and uplift the entire community. This used to be a run-down area, but it’s now LEED-H Platinum certified affordable housing with superb community spaces. I want to thank Eden Housing, South County Housing, the City of Soledad, Monterey County, and all of those who assisted with this valuable development.

Congressman Sam Farr (D-Calif.)