Porter Street Apartments, a 223-unit multifamily building located in the Locust Point section of Baltimore City at McHenry Row, has been engineered to operate on 100% solar power throughout the studio, one and two-bedroom units, as well as the common space areas. The project, delivered by 28WalkerAssociates in fall 2017, has been configured with a new energy grid system that translates to lower rental costs for residents of the building on 1401 Porter Street. The units range from 500 to 1200 square feet of space.
The building offers unique all-inclusive living. Residents pay one set rate for rent, parking, pet deposit, electric, water, sewer, trash, administration fees, package lockers, and pool membership.
“We designed the building for all-inclusive living so we were able to use one master utility meter for the entire building. This gave us a unique opportunity to operate the entire project utilizing solar power. In a traditional apartment building set up, the landlord would only have control over common-area utility procurement,” stated Alex Mandel of 28Walker Development.
To achieve their sustainability and financial goals, 28Walker Associates partnered with MD Energy Advisors to find a renewable solution . “The Porter Street Apartments are powered by an offsite solar array located in nearby Frederick, Maryland. The offsite solar solution is perfect for this project as it allows 28Walker to utilize solar power in a location that otherwise wouldn’t be a good fit for solar, provides long term budget certainty and meets sustainability objectives,” stated Jason Schwartzberg of MD Energy Advisors.