KB Home recently announced a new initiative to provide solar power systems for its new homes as a standard feature in 10 Southern California communities. The photovoltaic solar systems will help homeowners reduce their monthly energy bills and cost of homeownership for years to come, while also benefiting the environment.
KB Home has provided solar power systems as an option for buyers in the past, but this will be the first series of developments with solar energy systems as standard. The homes will be outfitted with six-panel photovoltaic solar systems built by SunPower Corp. Buyers will have the option of upgrading to systems as large as 14 panels, which could cut electricity bills to zero, Steve Ruffner, president of KB Home's Southern California division and Riverside BIA past president, told the Los Angeles Times.
The 10 new developments will be rolled out this year and in early 2012. The developments are being built in Eastvale, Chula Vista, Temecula, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, Chino, Valencia and Lake Forest.
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The Press Enterprise ran a story today on KB Home's solar initiative and quoted Riverside BIA CEO Mark Knorringa.
"Mark Knorringa, CEO of the Building Industry Association's Riverside County chapter, said builders all are trying to differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace with different kinds of amenities or pricing structures."