Stellar Homes Group to include solar panels in new Florida homes

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The homebuilding company will introduce the PV solar systems as a standard feature in all of its new homes, making it the first company in South Florida to do so.

To go along with Stellar Homes’ organic vegetable gardens and electric car ports, the company’s new-built homes in South Florida will also include solar panels as a standard feature to make them even greener. It represents a growing trend in the U.S. to make homes as green and energy efficient as possible, and leads the way in Florida.

The new homes being built by Stellar Homes Group are green in a number of other ways, including passive solar day lighting through the positioning of windows and doors, hybrid water heaters, low flow shower heads, and organic vegetable gardens.

The PV systems that will be installed on the homes have a retail value of $9,160 to $16,128 per home, and will be offered to house buyers without raising prices. The systems will be installed by local company Solar-Ray and come with a 30 year warranty.

“Our 5Kw PV solar panel package, combined with Stellar Homes Group’s additional energy conservation features, is expected to result in an estimated energy cost savings of approximately$81,000 over 20 years,” said Stellar Homes Group Vice President Tony Valle. “Our homebuyers can choose a solar package to suit their needs and can take advantage of the 30 percent federal tax credit.”

It comes as part of a growing trend for increased energy efficiency and greener houses across the U.S. Stellar Homes wants to get ahead of the trend in Florida with its new initiative, and sees it as one of the most effective ways for future sustainability.

“We are constantly striving to advance our energy conservation efforts in our homes for South Florida, and this is the next step in our commitment,” added Stellar Homes Group Managing Partner Larry Baum. “Creating beautiful homes in an environmentally sustainable way can be done well by incorporating green practices from the start of the building process. It’s our mission to present a healthier home and lifestyle for today’s families.”