California Raises Solar Bar

By Christina Birchfield | 12/19/2013

JMC Homes includes 1.5 kW solar as a standard feature.

 

California may soon capture the title of sunshine power state. The state has dedicated itself to providing one-third of its electric power needs from renewable power sources by 2020—only six years away. JMC Homes is now offering solar power as a standard feature in The Executive Series at Lakeside in Lincoln, Calif.

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar is installing Canadian Solar 1.5 kW PV systems on all of the community’s 150 homes. Homeowners can choose to upgrade the solar to a 5 kW system, which might save them $85 a month on their electric bills and qualify them for about $2,500 in tax credits.The PV systems have 25-year warranties and warranty insurance.

The Executive Series homes range from 1,915 to 3,927 square-feet. Homes have three to six bedrooms, bonus rooms, master retreats, dual master bedrooms and/or separate living quarters with separate exterior entrances, great for guests or multi-generational families. Homes also include tech centers as standard and three-car split and tandem garages. The homes start at $359,990 for the 1,915-square-foot Hillcrest Model. The largest model, the two-story, The Worthington, starts at $529,990.

“We need to have a better energy policy and a cleaner and healthier way of living,” says Jim Petersen, founder of PetersenDean roofing and solar company “so being able to power your house using renewable resources like the sun is one way. Imagine cutting your energy bill in half, while taking advantage of renewable energy sources like the sun.” PetersenDean has installed more than a million roofs in six sunbelt states.

Canadian solar manufactures and warranties solar modules “with more than 6 GW of premium quality modules deployed around the world.” The company operates on six continents and 70 countries.
 

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