Historic San Antonio apartment building adding solar panels in downtown first
Photo by Scott Ball/Rivard Report
The recently renovated Maverick building, which now offers multi-family residential housing, will be the first apartment complex in downtown San Antonio to use solar power.
The city’s Historic and Design Review Commission has approved a proposal to install a solar panel system atop the roof of the nearly-century-old high-rise, reports the Rivard Report.
Developer David Adelman and his company, AREA Real Estate, opened the doors to the new Maverick in early May after an exhaustive rehabilitation. Adelman and his partners used Build San Antonio Green’s certification process to restore the building, including eco-friendly technologies such as NEST smart thermostats and LED lighting throughout the 86-unit complex.
The Maverick joins a growing group of downtown-area buildings using solar power. That group includes the Bexar County Adult Detention Center facility, the Hipolito Garcia Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse and the Lake|Flato Architects office.
Local company Go Smart Solar will install the solar panels at the Maverick building, Rivard Report says.
Jason Pittman, the company’s president and co-founder, said including solar power is a natural next step in the integration of energy-efficient technologies at the building. He described the panel system as being compact with 20 modules, which are assembled by Mission Solar Energy.
“The smaller the system, the (better) the economics are,” he added.
Pittman said the dropping costs of solar power systems have sparked greater interest from a variety of users in the last few years.
Pittman said local developers such as Adelman understand the potential for high returns on investment by including sustainable practices in their projects.
Pittman also said lengthy equipment warranties and minimal operation and maintenance costs over the years are alluring, too.
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