BILL WILSON CENTER
“I always felt each of the members in the Vista Solar team were very committed to the best outcomes for our project, and that has been the case…I have recommended Vista Solar to several people and will continue to do so.”
– Jeanne-Anne Pine of Bill Wilson Center
After the Bill Wilson Center of Santa Clara installed their own solar system in 2010, they knew having an energy efficient building for the Peacock Commons was the way to go. 5 long years of planning, dozens of young adults bouncing between foster care and homelessness now have a haven place to heal, grow, and call home.
Peacock Commons fulfills the need for permanent, affordable housing. It features studios, one, two, and three-bedroom units for young adults between the ages of 18-25. Furthermore, some have infants and toddlers. This 28-unit complex is a haven that provides a variety of resources for the tenants. Most noteworthy resource available is the live-in mentors serving as role models. They make a positive difference by teaching independent living skills, financial literacy, cooking, and parenting classes. Tenants also can obtain a driver’s license.
Without the help of a generous utility rebate from Silicon Valley Power (SVP), in addition to a large group of city, county and non-profit funding sources, the apartments would not have become a reality. This new 41.2-kilowatt (kW) solar electric system provides enough energy to power their water heating needs. In addition, all the common area electricity, all exterior, and courtyard lighting. This solar system saves the Peacock Commons approximately $7,500 each year! As a result of the usage, the 25-year electricity savings are estimated to be over $300,000.