Stanford Environmental Consulting

GHA Solar Feasibility Study

Client: Galveston Housing Authority


Broader Challenge:

  • recovering from 2008 Hurricane Ike 
  • developing new mixed income housing


  • analyzed NREL meterological data for Galveston, housing construction plans, tax codes, and economic incentives
  • determined installation capacity and model system performance using software PVsyst
  • assessed potential to economically reduce tenants' utility bills
  • adapted the above approach to analyze Galveston Independent School District


  • delievered and presented full report to Galveston Housing Authority
  • GHA's facilities could easily be retrofitted with solar
  • solar is not financially attractive at this time for Galveston
  • favorable economics depend on State and utility policy and incentives

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