450-Home Housing Development to Feature Solar Systems

The Sacramento division of the national builder, Lennar, announced a partnership with PowerLight Corporation and Roseville Electric to build what it is calling the nation’s largest solar community, which will integrate photovoltaic (PV) systems and upgraded energy efficiency measures into 450 new homes slated to be built in Roseville over the next two years. Lennar operates locally as Renaissance Homes and Winncrest Homes.

The PowerLight SunTile solar electric system will be installed as a standard feature on each home. PowerLight’s SunTile is a roof-integrated technology, blending seamlessly into the homes’ design. “With these attractive solar communities in Roseville, Lennar and Roseville Electric are demonstrating real environmental leadership, and providing their customers with tremendous savings on their utility bills,” said Howard Wenger, Executive Vice President of PowerLight. The benefits of this solar community include significant utility bill reductions for Lennar customers, and the generation of completely emissions-free electricity. Buyers of these solar-powered Lennar homes may qualify for a $2,000 tax credit through 2007. By producing clean, renewable electricity, the solar community will reduce CO2 emissions and reduce dependence on fossil fuels — equivalent to planting more than 65 acres of trees, and not burning 57,000 barrels of oil.