NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It was a first for community-owned housing in Tennessee. On Monday, the folks at Parthenon Towers showed off their new rooftop solar panels to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
HUD Assistant Secretary Sandra Henriquez toured the facility, to get a firsthand look at the state's largest solar energy generator.
The high-rise is undergoing renovations, paid for by Recovery Act funds.
Secretary Henriquez said when it comes to affordable public housing, it's important to build for the future.
"What's most important is that it's transforming the lives of residents and giving them greater comfort, greater ability to live in a community that they are proud of, and one that is both green and energy efficient," Henriquez said.
In May, Parthenon Towers will also become the city's first smoke-free community housing facility.