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Published on January 25th, 2013 | by Adam Johnston

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SolarCity & Shea Homes Celebrate SheaXero

January 25th, 2013 by  

Recently, SolarCity celebrated the one year anniversary of Sheaxero, which is helping home owners to save on money and the planet.

In a partnership with Shea Homes to create the “no electric bill home,” the program is giving owners of 517 homes in five states — Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington, and Florida — a big opportunity to save some real money. According to the press release, home owners will see savings around $500,000 per year, or $10 million over a twenty year period.

Besides homeowners saving their hard earned cash, this initiative is also saving the planet. Thanks to SolarCity building a solar-system into the price of the homes — along with some energy efficiency features — a total of 39.4 million cubic feet of carbon emissions is being reduced by these homes.

“We broke new ground when we offered SheaXero as a lifestyle to homeowners in different states,” said Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities president Rick Andreen. “SheaXero homeowners can experience energy savings from the very first day they move into their homes and we look forward to offering SheaXero to more homebuyers.”

Net-zero emission housing continues to gain traction. SolarCity this week is showcasing a net zero home created by Blue Heron at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Meanwhile, other net-zero projects have been popping up across the US — including: Philadelphia and Brooklyn, New York — giving rise to this new model of housing.

As prices continue to fall for solar panels, don’t be surprised to see more net-zero housing project continue to show up across the US — including lower-income areas — as solar starts becoming an attractive option for builders looking to build new affordable housing units that are environmentally sustainable. 
 
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Is currently studying at the School of the Environment Professional Development program in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto. Adam graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a three-year B.A. combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications. Adam also writes for Solar Love and also owns his own part time tax preparation business. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst, and is currently sharpening his skills as a renewable energy writer. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or at www.adammjohnston.wordpress.com.



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