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California Starter Homes Feature Solar Panels

26 Mar 2011  |   Daniel Jacobs

Tags: Clean Energy

New starter homes built in a desert suburb southeast of Los Angeles boast a new feature--a 1.4 kilowatt solar array.

These new starter dwellings, built by KB Home, will now affix solar panels atop more than 800 homes in 10 communities across Southern California.The photovoltaic panels will generate about 30% of the electricity needed to power a 1,800 to 2,000 square-foot home. KB Home also offers an optional 3.2 kilowatt solar array, which will produce even more solar electricity.

Moreover, homeowners who purchase these homes will qualify for a 30% federal tax cut in addition to state tax incentives.

The ability to purchase starter homes with solar panels represents a striking shift in the housing market, where solar panels are usually found on expensive estates rather than lower-priced dwellings.



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