04 Sep '11, 12pm

How Utilities and Home-Builders are Teaming Up to Boost Solar

How Utilities and Home-Builders are Teaming Up to Boost Solar

Despite the near-total collapse of the housing market in the U.S. in the last few years, there has been a relatively rapid adoption of solar power among some homebuilders, as well as a much greater focus on energy efficiency in new homes. More home developers are now offering solar energy systems as an option or standard feature in their developments. In addition to solar, builders are also investing in a higher level of energy efficiency in these homes. To achieve more installations of solar equipment required a partnership among government agencies, utilities, solar providers and homebuilders. Let's gain deeper insights by exploring one development by Pulte Homes' Centex Division located in Elk Grove California, a bedroom community of Sacramento. The Elk Grove community is served by Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). The solar equipment provider and installer ...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/09/04/how-utilities-and...

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