California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] More than 1,400 solar-powered SolarSmart homes will be built in the Sacramento area in an agreement between the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Woodside Homes. The deal is one of the largest to date between a utility and a homebuilder in the U.S.
SMUD will provide funding to bring down the cost of both solar and energy efficiency equipment in all the homes. The contract with Woodside Homes calls for 1,487 homes to be built starting later this year in subdivisions near Rancho Cordova, California. All of the homes are expected to be completed in 2012.
The Woodside Homes deal is the tenth agreement SMUD has signed with homebuilders since 2007 to construct SolarSmart homes. So far, SMUD has agreements in place to build more than 4,000 SolarSmart homes.