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A Promising Alliance: SunPower Corp & Meritage Homes

Originally published on the ECOreport

SunPower Corp recently announced a three-year agreement to install solar panels at Meritage Homes’ communities nationwide.

Sunset – Courtesy Meritage Homes

Meritage Homes Vice President of Environmental Affairs C.R. Herro said the deal could involve thousands of homes. Meritage built 4,238 homes in 2012 and Herro said it is currently building around 7,000 homes a year. Roughly 10% of its customers choose to install solar.

“I want to make it clear that solar is not just an investment for the future,” Herro said. “Customers who install solar in their homes start saving from day one. Homeowners who choose solar-powered homes receive compelling annual savings on electricity.”

Meritage has been offering their customers a solar option for the past four years.

Herro said that the company decided to sign with SunPower because it makes “the most reliable and efficient solar technology available and bring good value to customers”

(That is not simply hype: SunPower’s solar modules hold the record for yield measurements at PHOTON’s Laboratory, whose annual tests have been a solar panel equivalent of the Olympics, and also hold the record for the most efficient solar panels on the market.)

“Increasingly, homebuyers understand the return on investment that a high quality, energy efficient, solar-powered new home delivers,” said SunPower CEO Tom Werner. “We’re very proud to partner with Meritage Homes, which has made yet another exemplary commitment to its customers and to the communities it serves through this national agreement.”

Evening – Courtesy Meritage HomesHerro says Meritage is now America’s 7th largest homebuilder.

They offer a variety of other features such as spray-foam insulation, energy-efficient windows, and ENERGY STAR® appliances that use up to 50% less energy and water. Herro said Meritage’s houses are up to 50% more energy efficient than the average home on the market. Around 1% of its customers opt to make their homes zero net energy.

In its press release, SunPower stated that it will begin the partnership in California, Texas, and North Carolina.

Herro said they are already working together in projects in California.

A quick scan of their existing inventory shows houses in the Bay Area, SacramentoBakersfield, and Southern California from LA to San DiegoThese are all areas where rooftop solar is popular and where Meritage and SunPower will have projects in the future.

All images Courtesy Meritage Homes

 
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is the President of Cortes Community Radio , CKTZ 89.5 FM, where he has hosted a half hour program since 2014, and editor of the Cortes Currents (formerly the ECOreport), a website dedicated to exploring how our lifestyle choices and technologies affect the West Coast of British Columbia. He writes for both writes for both Clean Technica and PlanetSave on Important Media. He is a research junkie who has written over 2,000 articles since he was first published in 1982. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.

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