The #1 green priority in baby boomers’ retirement homes is solar power, according to a recent survey. Capitalizing on this interest, Shea Green Certified homes at Trilogy now offers solar powered roofs as a no-cost option in its Victoria Gardens active adult communities. The builder’s website claims savings of up to 60% on electric bills and a reduction in the home’s carbon footprint by 48%. Shea is providing the BP® Solar roofing tile system.
Shea Green Certified homes in Victoria Gardens by Shea residences will be equipped with a 3-kilowatt solar power system with photovoltaic cells that convert free solar energy to household electricity. The solar panels will help homeowners gain more energy independence and protect against future energy costs. Excess energy generated will be supplied back into the grid for homeowner credits. In addition to solar panels, Victoria Gardens homes will have additional green features including a monitoring system, low e glass, solar attic fans, Energy Star appliances, and other increased energy efficiencies. Homeowners will be eligible for additional tax credits from the government’s Solar Investment Tax Credit program. The option becomes available Jan 1, 2009.
Disclaimers on the “Free Solar” offer makes it clear that it is available on select homes and lots depending on elevation and orientation. Energy savings varies based electrical usage, plan, site, orientation, weather, energy provider and rates. from “Green” Homes survey conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of Shea Homes. Trilogy is a registered trademark of Shea Homes, Inc. Shea was named “2007 Builder of the Year” by Professional Builder Magazine.
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