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Solar Neighborhood in Las Vegas: Homes Where Solar Panels Come Standard
Solar Panels Standard in Las Vegas Neighborhood
A new 185-home subdivision in Las Vegas includes an upgrade that the developer hopes will bring in new buyers during this tough economy: solar panels come standard in this neighborhood.
Each and every home in the Villa Trieste in Summerlin development by Pulte Homes has solar panels installed on its roof. Not only will the panels cut the homeowners' grid power requirements by 65%, but when buyers seek to resell the homes in the future, they can expect a greater return on their investment. Studies show that renewable energy installations like solar panels increase the value of real property from $3000-5000.
It makes perfect sense for developers to consider solar energy in an area like Las Vegas. The sun shines brightly and often. During summer months, the energy required to cool interiors from triple digit temperatures can be pulled from the very source of the heat: the sun!
Solar Neighborhoods: Affordable and Green
Villa Trieste, the solar neighborhood in Las Vegas, was showcased in January 2009 to potential buyers. Priced from the mid-$200,000, the homes may be an attractive bargain, particularly for people that are concerned about reducing their carbon footprint. This is energy-efficiency at a whole new level!
Division President, Scott Wright observed:
"If you look at where we're headed in the future, it's a great educational process for people to come through and see these houses, and see the way solar works. It can help people start thinking about the bigger picture."
Pulte Homes is certainly leading the way for other developers, by including solar as a standard feature in its Las Vegas neighborhood.
Why Home Builders Like Solar Panels
Here, Pulte Homes was able to save on the cost of solar panels by purchasing them in bulk for the subdivision. In addition, further cost defrays were provided by a $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Even if you're not in the market for a new house, and don't want to move to Las Vegas, you can strive to live in a solar powered neighborhood. Try joining forces with other homeowners in your neighborhood. Make a plan to get bids on solar panels and installation costs from several companies. Ask if you can get a discount for numerous homes. Pull your neighbors together and work to navigate the maze of tax incentive forms and peak load calculations. Teamwork will lighten your load, without lightening your wallet!
Residential solar panels can help you save energy, money and increase the value of your home.
Its an excellent time to go green. The Administration is focused on alternative energy and has ensured that funds are devoted to investments like solar panels for homes. Companies are also willing to negotiate attractive deals in order to make a sale. Make it a neighborhood effort and watch your energy costs plummet. Its one figure you'll be happy to see go down!
Residential Solar Panels
Install Solar Panels at Your Own Home
Even if you don't live in sunny Nevada, you can still harness the power of the sun. Government incentives and tax breaks have dropped the cost of solar panels by 50% or more. Many solar power companies will help you prepare and submit forms to get your credit. Most systems pay themselves back in energy savings in 5 years or less.
Why would you want to consider living in a solar-powered home? For starters, you can have additional reliability in case of grid interruptions or power outages. Grid-tied solar energy systems can also allow you to feed excess generated power back into the grid, to give you a credit on your energy bills.
How would it feel to see your meter turning backwards? It can happen.
Other benefits of living solar include security against rising electricity prices. And we cannot forget the "green" benefits. The vast majority of grid-based electricity in the U.S. comes from coal plants. Any reduction in power demands from that source can reduce tons of CO2 emissions, minimizing the size of your carbon footprint.
Lest you not believe that one person can make a difference, click on the calculator in the link below to see how much you can save in energy costs by switching to solar power:
© 2009 Stephanie Hicks