In September, Army officials and The Michaels Organization began construction of the Lower Stilwell housing development of Presidio of Monterey, which will include 108 brand new energy efficient family homes. This new project plays an important role in reducing the Department of Defense’s carbon footprint by deploying technologies to make homes more energy efficient, improving the energy resiliency of installations.

Officials expect the $80 million housing development will be ready to house Army service members and their families by next summer. In addition to featuring spacious floor plans and a playground, the development will also use the latest technologies to save energy and water.

The new homes will be all-electric and feature solar panels, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting and water-efficient fixtures, making them approximately 30 percent more energy efficient than the average home.

“It is a public-private partnership that makes this all work. I am incredibly proud to be here and to be a part of this. This team has done outstanding work,” Col. Varman Chhoeung, commander of U.S. Army Garrison Presidio of Monterey as he joined Ted Lim of The Michaels Organization LLC to lift the first wall at one of the home sites. “Chhoeung said it is important to remember that quality military housing contributes to readiness and the mission of training linguists and officers,” the Army reported.