June 25, 2002: Solar Power To Be Standard In Two California Communities
“Clarum is building homes that include solar electric power as a standard feature and incorporate green building products as well as energy-efficiency features,” stated Bob Ruggio, manager, residential system sales, for AstroPower. “By including these features as standard, Clarum is enabling homeowners to reduce their energy consumption by up to 60 percent.”
The homebuilder will use AstroPower’s 1.2-, 1.6-, 2.4-, and 3.2-kW SunLine™ packaged solar power systems, which generate electric power and deliver it through the home’s existing circuits. Extra electricity not used in the home is sent to the grid, reversing the meter and generating a credit on the homeowner’s utility bill.
“Solar electric power adds value to the homes we build,” noted John Suppes, vice president of Clarum Homes. “By giving homeowners the tools they need to generate their own electricity, we’re enabling them to save money on their utility bills. We’re also differentiating our homes in the marketplace.”
“This agreement is an example of the effectiveness of the incentives in California which are making solar electric power available to all homeowners,” said Dr. Allen Barnett, president and CEO of AstroPower.
Publication date: 06/24/2002