Green Building & Sustainable Development
Meritage Homes' 'Zero Energy' New Home Community Combines Solar Power and Energy Efficiency
Meritage Homes has opened a new home community in Vacaville, California that features solar
electric power systems from SunPower Corporation as a
standard feature. The homes are also built to exceed State and Federal
energy efficiency standards by 35 percent or more. Meritage expects that
the solar power systems, combined with the energy efficient features, will
save homeowners up to 70 percent on their electric utility bills.
Each of the 45 homes in the new Encore Community will be equipped with
a 2.3-kilowatt SunPower SunTile(R) system, which blends seamlessly into the
roof and features the most efficient solar technology available on the
"Recent builder sales data has indicated that new homes equipped with
the SunPower SunTiles system are selling at approximately twice the rate as
comparable homes in the same neighborhoods," said Bill Kelly, general
manager of the New Homes Division at SunPower
, a Silicon Valley-based
manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar
systems. "Energy prices have risen dramatically over the years. Meritage
has recognized that combining high quality, energy-efficient features with
solar power systems will result in substantial savings for homeowners."
To maximize energy efficiency in their homes, Meritage
energy-saving windows and insulation, high-efficiency appliances, attic
radiant barriers, low-leakage duct work, and tankless water heaters, among
other features. Meritage's Encore homes meet or exceed the energy
efficiency requirements of several state and federal initiatives,
- the California Energy Commissions' New Homes Solar Partnership,
- the US Environmental Protection Agency's and US Department of Energy's Energy Star program, and
- Building America's Zero-Energy Homes program, which is sponsored by the US Department of Energy.
"We're very pleased to be offering these zero-energy homes in the
Vacaville area," said Jeff Jacobs, vice president of Meritage Homes'
Northern California/Bay Area Division. "Encore homeowners will benefit from
both substantially reduced utility bills and the satisfaction that they are
helping to improve the environment by using clean, renewable energy."
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