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Published on January 29th, 2012 | by Nicholas Brown

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Home Builder Introduces Solar as a Standard in Florida



KB Home, a leading homebuilding company, announced this week that it has started offering solar panels as a standard on its “Built to Order” homes in certain communities in central Florida.

These solar power systems are expected to save the homeowners up to 50% on their energy bills. They did not specifically mention if they were referring to electricity bills only, or energy bills overall. However, in this context, energy usually means electricity.

“We’re excited to take a leading role in bringing solar power systems to the mainstream in Central Florida,” said George Glance, president of KB Home’s Central Florida division. “While many love the year-round warmth and abundant sunshine we are lucky enough to enjoy here in Florida, staying comfortable in this weather can also take a toll on our wallets when we get the monthly electric bill. Consumers who buy a Built to Order™ KB home with a standard solar power system get the value of a custom home-like experience plus the benefit of having the sun help reduce their energy bills.”

To increase customer confidence in KB Home’s setups, it also provides its “Energy Performance Guide” service, which shows monthly energy costs and how much money homeowners are saving over a typical resale house of their type.

These houses are to sell at prices starting in the low-$200,000 range. The homes can be customized to suit customers’ budgets, style, and needs. Customers can opt to have multi-purpose rooms transformed into bedrooms, home offices, and media rooms.

KB Home is one of the largest and most established home building organizations in the U.S and, by introducing this initiative, it may encourage more people to go solar. The cost of a solar setup is really just a small fraction of the cost of a home.

h/t Business Wire | Photo Credit: mikecogh (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license)

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  • http://profiles.google.com/vandammes James Van Damme

    Do they have electric water heaters? Anybody think that would be odd?? Heating water is low-hanging fruit here in central NY. In florida, a no brainer.

  • douglas prince

    Oh, and when I said “…prices have come down sufficiently…”, please realize I was speaking in BOS terms, not just the panels.

  • douglas prince

    It was the initial cost of set up. It’s only recently that prices have come down sufficiently for commerical builders to consider adding solar as a standard option. Remember, these builders have to buy hundreds, sometimes thousands, of the solar “sets”, plus warehouse them all, in order have them ready-to-build.

    That’s a whole other set of logistics developers and builders just couldn’t swallow until recently.

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      thanks for the notes.

    • Edward Kerr

      Doug:
      Point well taken. However, when I said ( “For years I could never understand why builder paid so little concern for how energy efficient their offerings were.”) my criticisms referred to almost all aspects of building an energy efficient house. From proper insulation to window placement. Perhaps I was somewhat dismissive of the practical problems that hamper the work world of a builder and for that I apologize. Now that prices are becoming “bearable” and with a JIT delivery system that has become the norm in many high tech money intensive manufacturing operations, we can hope to see an increase in momentum in the right direction. I’m just pleased to see any improvement and meant no disrespect to any well intentioned builder.

      Thanks,
      Ed

  • Edward Kerr

    Interesting Post Nick:

    The only thing that I found dismaying about this post is that it has taken builders so long to even consider adding solar as a “standard option”. For years I could never understand why builder paid so little concern for how energy efficient their offerings were. Regardless it’s heartening to see that there is a baby step in the right direction.

    Thanks,
    Ed

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Agreed. At least it’s FINALLY beginning to happen, though..

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