Net-Zero Energy Homes ( Solar Thermal Magazine ). – SAN MATEO, CA & FLORHAM PARK, NJ, January, 2013 – BASF Corporation and SolarCity, a leading provider of clean energy, this week announced that they have entered into an agreement to offer solar electricity from SolarCity as part of BASF’s BEYOND.High Performance SM home program.
High Performance program offered by the Center for Building Excellence at BASF provides consulting, plan reviews and training that enable homebuilders to construct sustainable houses affordably. SolarCity offers clean solar energy at rates lower than utility rates, which allows BASF homebuilder clients and homeowners to save money while achieving net-zero energy usage. Under the agreement, SolarCity is the preferred partner to provide affordable solar electricity systems to homebuilders that construct houses under BASF’s BEYOND.High Performance program.
“Partnering with SolarCity is another example of how BASF is providing the right tools and concepts for homebuilders to construct sustainable houses affordably,” said Rick Davenport, Director of Sustainable Construction for BASF in North America.
As part of the BEYOND High Performance program, SolarCity can support homebuilders who are committed to building net-zero energy homes. Those homes will offer homeowners substantial energy savings and the convenience of a modern home that runs on a clean, renewable source of energy,” said Walter Cuculic, National Manager of Builder Programs, SolarCity.
SolarCity is a leading provider of solar energy in the U.S. and signs a new customer every five minutes. The SolarCity Homebuilder Partner Program was launched two years ago to incorporate solar in new residential construction and dramatically lower a homeowner’s energy costs by allowing them to generate their own clean power. SolarCity’s installations for new homebuilder construction grew by more than 350 percent from 2011 to 2012. With more than 600 technologies in 75 construction product categories, BASF offers the broadest portfolio of products used on construction sites — or integrated into other products to improve system performance. BASF’s research and development (R&D) and field teams are constantly upgrading the contribution of these products to help lower energy consumption, increase building life expectancy and offer a faster construction process.
BASF’s holistic systems approach uses applied building science principles and innovative chemistry to create smart solutions to today’s challenges. This enables building materials to work together efficiently, so built environments are healthier, safer, and more resilient, have less impact on the planet and are more affordable to build and operate.