Builders Offering Solar as a Standard Option


Are Solar Panels the Next Granite Countertop for Builders?

Justin Doom, Bloomberg

September 12, 2013

NEW YORK CITY — Solar panels are the next granite countertops: an amenity for new homes that’s becoming a standard option for buyers in U.S. markets.

At least six of 10 largest U.S. homebuilders led by KB Home include the photovoltaic devices in new construction, according to supplier SunPower Corp. Two California towns are mandating installations, and demand for the systems that generate electricity at home will jump 56 percent nationwide this year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.“In the next six months, homebuilders in California and the expensive-energy states will be going solar as a standard, and just incorporating it into the cost of the house like any other feature,” Jim Petersen, chief executive officer of the PetersenDean Inc., the largest closely held U.S. roofing and solar contractor, said in an interview.

See below for full article at:  RenewableEnergyWorld.com

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013/09/are-solar-panels-the-next-granite-countertop-for-homebuilders

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