Ventura County has some of the most fertile farming land in the country and produces more than $2.1B worth of crops a year, including half the nations lemons. More than 20,000 California farmworkers call Ventura County home. Since 1981, the Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) has provided affordable homes to these workers. The first phase of the Snapdragon Place Apartments was completed in 2015 and provides 27 safe, clean apartments for farmworker families who work in the nearby agricultural fields. CEDC partnered with SLP to offset 70% of the project’s energy footprint utilizing both solar electric and solar thermal technologies.
- System size = 113,460
- Collectors = 14
- kWh production = 179,561
Greenhouse gas equivalent = 126 Metric Tons, equivalent to:
- 302,437 miles driven by an average car.
- 292 barrels of oil consumed.
- 1 acre of U.S. Forests preserved from conversion to cropland in one year.
This project will reduce the domestic hot water heating load by 14 percent.