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Well, this is outside the realm of what I normally cover, but this is pretty cool. A commercial home builder, Meritage Homes, has started offering net-zero, super-green homes. With a starting price of $140,000 and incomparable electric bills, these are affordable and green. With solar panels as part of the package, you don't even have to go through the simple trouble of finding an installer and getting solar added -- probably the biggest obstacle to people going solar.

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Net-Zero Solar Homes with $0 Electric Bills (& You Can Win One)

Well, this is outside the realm of what I normally cover, but this is pretty cool. A commercial home builder, Meritage Homes, has started offering net-zero, super-green homes. With a starting price of $140,000 and incomparable electric bills, these are affordable and green. With solar panels as part of the package, you don’t even have to go through the simple trouble of finding an installer and getting solar added — probably the biggest obstacle to people going solar.

Well, this is outside the realm of what I normally cover, but this is pretty cool. A commercial home builder, Meritage Homes, has started offering net-zero, super-green homes. With a starting price of $140,000 and incomparable electric bills, these are affordable and green. With solar panels as part of the package, you don’t even have to go through the simple trouble of finding an installer and getting solar added — probably the biggest obstacle to people going solar these days….

This is reportedly the first commercial homebuilder to offer affordable, net-zero, single-family homes.

The launch was last week in Tucson, Arizona, but Meritage homes will be rolling them out in California, Nevada, Colorado and Central Texas as well.

“The solar specs are equally impressive. Each home comes with a standard system of nine solar PV panels (approximately 1.9 kW), but homeowners may also purchase a $10,000 upgrade for 24 more solar panels (about 6.8 kW),” Brittany of CalFinder Solar writes. “The upgrade then brings the home’s energy bills to zero.”

This solar energy, energy-efficiency trend is growing, but Meritage is a clear leader now. And while this may look like a sponsored post or something, it really is not — I’m just excited to see such a great product out there for such a large number of people.

My big question — where are these located? If they are located in the suburbs, the biggest energy challenge has been dropped. (But at least they tackled the second-biggest challenge.)

You Can Win a Home!

This is a pretty enticing opportunity, too. Not only can you buy one of these homes for an affordable price, you can also potentially win one.

Meritage has a pretty simple sweepstakes going on where you can win a net-zero home valued at over $239,000. Check it out.

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