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National Homebuilder Offers Solar as Standard Feature

3/25/2011 12:00:00 AM

Tags: solar homes, solar power, solar array, Los Angeles, LA, California

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailForget granite countertops. I want the solar array.

KB Home, a Los Angeles-based national homebuilder, announced this week that it will provide solar power systems as a standard feature on new homes in 10 southern California communities. This marks the first time KB Home, which has offered solar as an optional upgrade in California and Colorado, has committed to building entire communities of solar-powered homes.

Ranging in price from $250,000 to $350,000, the homes will come with a 1.4-kilowatt array that should provide about 30 percent of the approximately 2,000-square-foot homes’ electrical needs. Homeowners can upgrade to a 3.2-kilowatt system for more coverage.

“KB Home is already a leader in building energy-efficient homes that can provide homeowners with meaningful savings on their monthly energy bills,” said Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive officer of KB Home. “With this announcement, we are raising the bar even higher and taking an important step in making our homes even more efficient and affordable for our homebuyers over the long term, especially when compared to resale homes.” If homebuyers respond well, KB Home will expand the initiative to other markets across the country, he added.

SunPower will provide the solar technology. “By offering solar power systems as a standard feature on their award-winning homes, KB Home is providing homebuyers a secure, reliable alternative to electricity sourced from non-renewable fossil fuels,” said Jim Pape, president of SunPower’s residential and commercial business group. “We are pleased to partner with KB Home as they embark on this exciting initiative to help their homeowners take control of their energy usage and reduce their electricity costs.”

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KB Homes will offer solar arrays as standard features. 



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