Home Leasing Partners with GreenSpark Solar to Power Rochester Affordable Housing Project

Rochester, NY – July 10, 2024 – GreenSpark Solar is proud to announce its support of Home Leasing in its transformative affordable housing project in the City of Rochester. This initiative, led by Home Leasing, will convert 130,000 sq. ft. of unused space from the historic Hickey Freeman building at ​​1155 N. Clinton Ave. into a vibrant mixed-use, mixed-income community.

Rochester Affordable Housing Project to be powered by solar

Electricity-powered affordable housing in the heart of Rochester

The redevelopment will create 134 affordable apartments for low-income adults, including 44 supportive housing units for seniors under the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI). The building will be 100% electricity-powered and heated using geothermal technology. The project also includes over 77,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space for continued clothing production. This significant development will provide high-quality, affordable housing for seniors in one of Rochester’s lowest-income neighborhoods.

GreenSpark Solar is installing a 291 kW DC (kWdc) commercial solar array on the building’s rooftop, providing clean, renewable energy to power the affordable housing complex. This collaboration between two locally-owned and headquartered companies, GreenSpark and Home Leasing, is a testament to their shared commitment to community improvement and sustainable development in the Rochester region.

"We are thrilled to support Home Leasing in bringing clean energy to their affordable housing project. Working with a partner who shares our values of improving our communities is truly an honor. Both GreenSpark Solar and Home Leasing are family-owned, B Corp-certified businesses dedicated to using our work as a force for good. This project is the epitome of that dedication."

Kevin Schulte, GreenSpark Solar CEO

This partnership builds on the two companies’ successful completion of a previous 2MW affordable housing solar project, reinforcing their ongoing commitment to renewable energy and community development.

"Home Leasing is very excited for the solar installation to begin at Tailor Square in support of our efforts to create affordable housing in a manner that will also be a demonstration of sustainable development. We are also thrilled to be partnering with GreenSpark Solar, a fellow B-Corp."

Bret Garwood, CEO of Home Leasing

The solar installation is funded through a combination of NYSERDA’s NY-Sun Program, Affordable Housing Incentives through NYSERDA’S Multifamily Building Program, and a 30% federal tax credit. Installation of the roof-mounted solar array is expected to begin in summer 2024.

Additional project partners:

  • SWBR: Providing design plans for the redevelopment of the six-acre site
  • LaBella Associates: Managing the civil engineering work
  • Sustainable Comfort, Inc.: Green building and energy consultants

About Home Leasing and GreenSpark Solar

About Home Leasing: Based in Rochester, New York, Home Leasing is a private, family-owned company operating in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Our services include development, construction, and property management—but we do much more than that. We are a Certified B Corp, and every aspect of our business is driven by our mission to improve the lives of our residents and the communities in which we work.

About GreenSpark Solar: GreenSpark Solar is an independent solar company that has been providing industry-leading, high-quality clean energy solutions since 2002. Our dedicated team of experts specializes in delivering customer-centric, streamlined, turnkey solar solutions that benefit all stakeholders. As a Certified B Corp and member-owner of the Amicus Solar Cooperative, GreenSpark offers industry-best pricing on quality equipment and solutions our partners can trust. Recognized as a NYSERDA Gold Quality Installer and Top Contractor by Solar Power World, GreenSpark Solar is headquartered in Rochester, NY.

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