On May 9, HUD announced that 27 affordable housing providers and service providers would be installing more than 150 megawatts of on-site renewable energy, more than doubling the amount of renewable energy on HUD-assisted multifamily buildings. This commitment responds to President Obama's call to action to increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency across the country.
In a speech delivered on May 9 in Mountain View, California, the President recognized the important contribution of affordable housing providers and other companies indicating that "more than 300 organizations -- from homebuilders, to affordable housing owners, to companies like Home Depot and Apple -- announced that they are going to expand the use of solar energy, thereby creating more jobs and cutting carbon pollution."
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, who accompanied the President in California, indicated that "thanks to the leadership of our multifamily partners and developers, we are on track to meet and surpass President Obama's challenge to reach 100 megawatts of on-site renewable energy on affordable housing by 2020."
The President's announcement follows the release of the 2014 Climate Assessment report, produced by more than 300 experts, which summarizes the effects of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. The efforts undertaken by HUD's partners to integrate renewable energy into affordable housing developments not only represent good economic sense, but they also help ensure that American communities and households are more climate and economically resilient. Read the President's speech in Mountain View and a White House Fact Sheet to learn more about these actions, and view video of the President's speech. The full list of HUD partners who have agreed to install and use solar energy, is available here.