Beacon Housing Authority to Improve Energy Efficiency with SunMaxx Solar

Beacon Housing Authority to Improve Energy Efficiency with SunMaxx Solar

Energy-efficient improvements are on tap for two Beacon Housing Authority (BHA) developments, thanks to federal stimulus funds totaling $735,000 provided from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Ron Traudt, the housing authority’s executive director, said the money will be used for improvements in the Hamilton Fish Plaza and Forrestal Heights housing complexes. BHA manages 245 public housing apartments and provides Section 8 rental assistance to over 300 families living in their jurisdiction.

“We are very proud of being able to make energy-saving improvements,” he said. Residents who pay their own utilities will realize savings as well, Traudt said.

A SunMaxx solar thermal domestic hot water heating system comprised of 30 SunMaxx TitanPower Plus-SU2 flat plate collectors will be installed in each housing complex. It is estimated that each system will handle 41 percent of the necessary energy load required for heating hot water in each building. The installation for the Hamilton Fish Plaza is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. Late spring is the targeted completion date for the Forrestal Heights location.

The system will be installed by Intelligent Green Solutions (IGS), an authorized SunMaxx solar thermal installer located in Ithaca, New York. IGS is central New York’s premier solar thermal installer and energy efficiency consultant. For more information about IGS, you can visit them online at You can also contact a customer representative toll free at 1.866.669.1786.

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