Project Sunlight – Key Insights on Developing and Financing Low-Income Solar Projects and DER

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ICAST was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to implement a national initiative to overcome the hurdles of deploying solar energy for low-income populations living in multifamily affordable housing (MFAH). Working closely with stakeholders representing utilities, MFAH owners, and investors, ICAST is completing its first 18-month phase of this three-year project. Critical deliverables …

The Metro Condos: Working During the Pandemic

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ICAST is performing energy upgrades to The Metro Condominiums, a midrise multifamily building in downtown Salt Lake City. Unlike most of our energy efficiency projects, this project focuses on common area lighting upgrades to the parking garage, exterior, hallway, and stairwells.

ICAST’s work in Weld County, CO

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In July of 2018, ICAST (the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology), a Colorado based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was awarded a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to reduce carbon emissions in Weld County, Colorado. ICAST provides clean energy solutions to multifamily affordable housing (MFAH) that can reduce carbon emissions. With the help of the …

ICAST Champion: Edwards Mother Earth Foundation

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Edwards Mother Earth Foundation has supported ICAST via grant funding through its ClimateWise Building Initiative since 2016. The Foundation has championed ICAST’s innovative ideas, allowing it to find new and innovative ways to improve climate outcomes for buildings which house low income families. This support has allowed ICAST to explore the limits of net zero energy design in multifamily affordable …

Wattsmart Multifamily Biz. Partner of the Year 2019

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At this year’s Utah Housing Matters Conference in Park City Utah, Rocky Mountain Power presented the Wattsmart Affordable Housing Multifamily Partner of the Year 2019 to Danville Development Corporation. The Award, now in its second year, recognizes an organization in the multifamily industry that has made a significant impact within the Rocky Mountain Power service area.  Danville Development Corp focuses …

ICAST receives help from handicapped youth for project in New Mexico

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ICAST is very proud of the green retrofit work it recently completed on 6 apartment properties in New Mexico that will save over 20,000 therms annually. Located in Donna Ana County, they are close to El Paso, Texas on the New Mexico border. The properties are owned and managed by Medlock Properties and are all multifamily affordable housing properties under …

ICAST Launches Project SunLight: Bringing Solar Energy to Multifamily Affordable Housing

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ICAST Launches Project SunLight: Bringing Solar Energy to Multifamily Affordable Housing ICAST will partner with the Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technology Office to create and pilot an innovative program that overcomes the hurdles of deploying solar energy to low income populations  October 30, 2018, [Lakewood, CO] – ICAST (International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social enterprise, …

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Affordable Apartments Lost

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Every year, thousands of apartments are demolished, often by owners who can no longer afford the repairs needed to maintain them. These units are often among the most affordable homes in their respective markets, with the people living in them frequently having few other housing choices. The elimination of these apartments from the housing stock only exacerbates the already critical …

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ICAST Offers Retrofitting as Pathway to Affordable Housing

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It comes as no surprise that aging properties are in desperate need of improvements given that nearly 60% of multifamily buildings were built before 1980 and more than half of available rentals are at least 50 years old. Investing in retrofitting has the potential to lead to safer housing, increased affordability through reduction in utility and operations and maintenance costs, …