Published on January 23rd, 2013 | by Adam Johnston2
SolarCity Helps Power Net-Zero Homes At International Builders Show
January 23rd, 2013 by Adam Johnston
SolarCity, one of the top solar providers in the US, is now attempting to make a splash in the energy-efficient homes market.
The company is showcasing the “net zero” home concept at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Nevada this week, hosted by the National Association of Home Builders.
Designed by Blue Heron, 56 solar panels, provided by SolarCity, power the home, while creating 12 kilowatts of energy. This helps to create excess energy, resulting a net-zero energy benefit.
Show attendees can see the house for free at the event, along with various other features relating to solar power, environmentally sustainable housing, and energy efficiency that SolarCity is putting on during the show. These include a discussion on the future of solar energy and its impact on homeowner happiness, and a panel on the value of selling green products.
SolarCity is just one of the most recent organizations getting into the Net-Zero movement, which has gained traction around both the US and other parts of the world.
In December, we reported on a net-zero building opening up in Brooklyn, New York, which features 80 solar panels that will create 12 megawatt-hours of electricity a year, good enough to provide almost 25 percent more energy than needed.
Meanwhile, Nexus Energy in Philadelphia was putting up a net-zero building complex on five lots built with volatile organic compound materials (VOC), while powered with geo-solar. The homes would have the highest green rating from the National Association of Homebuilders.
On the global scale, other notable projects include the Dutch headquarters of the World Wildlife Federation, which features 250 solar panels powering the building, as well as recycled building material.
After its recent announcement with its IPO, and its continued growth in solar installations, it was only a matter of time before SolarCity would move to boost the Net-Zero concept further. It will be interesting to see what comes out of this upcoming show for SolarCity as it continues to grow its market share.
Main Source: SolarCity
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