One of the largest home builders in the nation "Shea Homes" is offering solar power systems as an option in their "Shea Green Certified (TM) homes." This offer is available as of right now Shea states. Shea has teamed up with B.P. Solar to add at no additional cost, photovoltaic panels that can offer up to a 60% reduction in energy bills.
This from their press release:
"Victoria Garden by Shea Homes residences will be equipped with a 3-kilowatt solar power system, which helps provide security against electric rate increases, allowing consumers to hedge their future risks in the volatile energy markets and be more energy independent. Homeowners will be able to track how much power their system is producing, along with its environmental benefits, via a Web-based remote monitoring system." will receive 30 percent in solar tax credits (based on the cost of the solar system which is $6,000 - $8,000 for Victoria Gardens homebuyers). Homebuyers may also be eligible for state or local credits or rebates, in addition to the federal credits.
"Creative business partnerships are helping to transform the American residential marketplace with homes that combine energy efficiency with solar power," said John F. Mizroch, DOE acting assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy. "These homes will help transform the built environment into healthier, more prosperous and sustainable communities that reduce our carbon footprint, enhance our energy security and contribute to the fabric of a cleaner, more efficient America."
The large bail-out bill that was passed last week included an agreement to extend the Solar Investment Tax Credit for eight years, lift the cap on the current $2,000 allowance and allow the Credit to be applied toward a homeowner's alternative minimum tax.
The homebuyers in Victoria Gardens will receive 30 percent in solar tax credits (based on the cost of the solar system which is $6,000 - $8,000). Homebuyers may also be eligible for state or local credits or rebates, in addition to the federal credits.
A recent Harris Interactive/Trilogy by Shea Homes poll found that baby boomers rank solar technology as the number one most important feature of a green home, followed by energy-efficient appliances and dual pane windows.
So there you have it, this is another powerful positive step in advancing solar power and mainstreaming it. Solar Power is now ranked number one in people's minds when it comes to living a more modified green type of lifestyle.
For those interested here's Shea Homes "Trilogy" green home site.