Building Partnership Taps Arizona Solar

Not only does Arizona have abundant solar resources, but the state’s largest utility recently upgraded their incentives for installation of solar-electric systems. These two factors play a large part in the formation of a recent partnership in the state that couples architects, builders, and solar-electric installers.

Phoenix, Arizona – January 29, 2004 [] Edwards Design Group, a Scottsdale-based design / build firm, builder of environmentally progressive homes and American Solar Electric, a Phoenix-based integrator of photovoltaic (PV) power systems, have joined forces to bring grid-connected PV power systems to several new homes being built today. Commitments are in place for five new projects located in Scottsdale, Cave Creek and North Phoenix. These properties are at various stages of construction with the first system installation scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. The PV systems complement other environmental building technologies implemented by Edwards Design Group on their properties. Each PV system will have an array power rating of 5 kW, and with the help of Arizona Public Service, half of the installed system cost will be paid for through their recently-revised EPS Credit Purchase Program. “Photovoltaic power, power from the sun, is the future of the residential energy supply and is a natural fit with all the green-building methods we build into all our homes,” says Kevin Edwards, Owner of Edwards Design Group. “We are lucky to have such a progressive technology available today benefiting from the help of Arizona Public Service. “We have always been involved with environmentally positive construction, my first home I ever built had a passive solar green house,” said Edwards. “With the benefit of energy efficient design, solar hot water, grey water irrigation, low toxicity materials, and attention to indoor air quality, green-building promotes good health.” The systems are designed to generate power during daylight hours and offset consumption of utility supplied power. Any excess power generated by the systems (power not used by the loads on the property) is sold back to the utility company and a credit is issued to the homeowner on their power bill, in what’s commonly known as a net-metering arrangement. “It is exciting to have our photovoltaic power systems offered as part of the Edwards Design Group portfolio of green-building technologies they offer their clients,” said Sean Seitz, President of American Solar Electric. “We appreciate their leadership in the local green-building industry and expect other local builders will follow the superb example they are setting in the application of low-energy and renewable energy technologies on their properties.”
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