Guest blog by Matt Irish

Matt poses with part of Nuestra Comunidad’s 75 kW rooftop solar PV system at Atkins Apartments in Roxbury.
Hi, I’m Matt Irish. Normally, I’m a graduate student at the University of Michigan, but thanks to funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, I’m spending my summer here in Roxbury with Nuestra Comunidad as one of 12 EDF Climate Corps Fellows working on energy management projects with affordable housing providers across the country. For 10 weeks, I’m supporting the progress that’s already been made on benchmarking utility usage (in other words, comparing energy use at our housing developments to that of similar properties) and identifying energy investment opportunities across our affordable housing portfolio of more than 600 units. But this effort is about more than drawing in some data and shaving off a few frivolous energy charges. […]