The price for residential solar PV technology is continuing to fall and it is homeowners that are going to be the winners in the long run. One factor that impacts the ability of renewable sources to provide more of our energy needs, is the ability of solar pv to provide power at night or during very overcast days. What we need is access to cost effective energy storage systems.
Last week, Solarcity announced a program to provide energy storage for new homes and a special low, fixed-rate solar power offering for California home-builders and their buyers.
Founded in 2011, the SolarCity Homebuilder Program currently works with builders across the nation to give many new home buyers the option to add solar power systems without increasing the home’s purchase price, and pay less for solar electricity than they would otherwise pay for utility power. SolarCity also handles everything from design and installation to monitoring and repairs.
Energy Storage for New Homes
The SolarCity Homebuilder Program is now taking orders for solar and home energy storage systems. The new energy storage service, in conjunction with solar power, includes the Tesla Powerwall battery pack, advanced hybrid inverter, monitoring and control systems and a warranty and service agreement. While battery backup is the primary application, depending on utility service territory, SolarCity’s management system may in the future enable the Powerwall to be configured for a broad range of uses including time-of-use shifting and grid response. The Powerwall is quiet and odorless, can be mounted indoors or outdoors and requires no fuel—all significant advantages over traditional backup generators.
Fixed Solar Rates for California Homebuilders
SolarCity’s Homebuilder Program now offers solar energy through homebuilder partners at a cost equivalent to the lowest standard residential electricity rates of California’s largest utilities. This new program provides the benefits of solar energy at no upfront cost to the builder or homebuyer. It also allows new homebuyers who are customers of California’s largest utilities to lock in a fixed solar energy rate for the next 20 years at the lowest standard, tier 1 rate their utility offers at signing.
SolarCity makes it possible for homebuilders to allow many buyers to go solar with no upfront cost and no escalator on annual solar energy costs. The program can provide homeowners in California with security from rising utility rates and significant savings with solar power for the next two decades.
Pardee Homes Selects SolarCity
SolarCity also announced that it has recently been selected by Pardee Homes to provide solar power in select communities. Pardee Homes is a TRI Pointe Homes brand; one of America’s top 25 homebuilders according to Builder Magazine. SolarCity has already installed more than 300 solar homes across 13 Pardee Homes communities in Southern California and the greater Las Vegas area in southern Nevada.
Pardee’s LivingSmart® homes offer renewable solar power from SolarCity in select communities along with many energy and water efficient components, environmentally friendly building materials and family friendly features. The companies expect to offer solar power in two upcoming communities in the Las Vegas area in the coming months as well. For additional information, visit www.PardeeHomes.com.
Homebuilders who would like to offer fixed, low solar energy rates for their homeowners and learn more about energy storage options can contact the company through our interest form at www.solarcity.com/homebuilder.
About the SolarCity Homebuilder Program
Solar power delivers distinct benefits for homebuilders and homebuyers. SolarCity can typically offer solar installation for no added cost and allow homeowners to lock in low, predictable energy rates for years into the future. SolarCity gives homeowners control of their solar electricity costs to protect them from future rate increases and can help them save money on their monthly utility bills.
For homebuilders, solar options represent an enticing (and eco-friendly) way to attract potential buyers to their new communities and homes. SolarCity’s solar power options also do not increase construction costs for the homebuilder and can be tailored for both builders and homebuyers to choose from a variety of solar plans. To learn more, please visit www.solarcity.com/homebuilder.
ST Staff Writers
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.