Case Study: L’Avenir Solar-Powered Living in Fort Collins

Sandbox Solar had the opportunity to work on an amazing project to provide solar-powered living in Fort Collins. L’Avenir townhomes in downtown Fort Collins is a building complex that is net-zero energy, harnessing power from the sun and geothermal wells! The units are complete with two bedrooms, a study, and four bathrooms. Perfectly located in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, they offer the ultimate day-to-day quality living. You can learn more about our project with them below. 

Solar-Powered Living in Fort Collins

L’Avenir features the latest in technology, residential sustainable design, and materials. The building is fully powered by the sun’s energy and geothermal energy from 7,350-foot-deep wells that capture the constant temperature of the earth. Geothermal energy is the most environmentally friendly and efficient heating and cooling technology because it’s energy from the Earth!

On top of the roof is L’Avenir’s powerhouse, which includes efficient 345- to 360-watt solar panels that Sandbox Solar had the pleasure of installing. Each home is powered by twenty solar panels that provide enough power for living at a net-zero energy level. The solar panels are net metered by the City of Fort Collins utilities department. L’Avenir also provides user-friendly monitoring software to track your energy production and energy use in real time.

What Have We Learned from this Project?

The L’Avenir demonstrates the ability to create accessible net-zero-energy living for our community. When the community supports development of more sustainable and regenerative buildings, we can move toward Fort Collins’ Climate Action Plan goals much quicker. Net-zero energy is becoming easier and cheaper to accomplish.

L’Avenir Episode on Heart of a Building on Rocky Mountain PBS

If you’d like to hear more about this project, L’Avenir will be featured on an episode of Heart of a Building on Rocky Mountain PBS. This episode will air on RMPBS on Sunday, November 21 at 10:00 AM (MDT) and be available for streaming after that time. Check your local listings for channel or watch here. Sandbox Solar is a proud sponsor of this episode. 

Sandbox Solar is committed to fostering local community involvement with solar energy and continuing to provide the opportunity for more individuals to take advantage of solar. With projects like L’avenir, we can work toward providing even more sustainable living throughout the community. Contact us with any questions or feedback about our project!

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