South Florida builder includes solar power as standard feature

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Fort Lauderdale-based Stellar Homes Group says it will be  the first in South Florida’’s history to include a Photo Voltaic
(PV) solar panel system, with a 30 year warranty, as a standard feature in all its new homes.

Each solar panel system has a retail value of $9,160 to $16,128 per home (depending on community), and will be offered standard to buyers without raising prices to offset costs, the builder said in a news release.

The builder says the 5Kw PV solar panel package, combined with Stellar Homes Group’s additional energy conservation features, is expected to result in an estimated energy cost savings of approximately $81,000 over 20 years.

Stellar Homes group vice-president Tony Vale said homebuyers  can choose a solar package to suit their needs and can take advantage of the 30 percent federal tax credit.

The company is currently building new homes, priced from the low $800,000s, in Cavalia Estates, in Davie, Velero at Sailboat Bend in Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Villas in Boca Raton.“

Solar-Ray, headquartered in Orlando, will install the PV systems. The systems are efficient to install while the homes are
being built, and will add greatly to the current and resale value of the homes,” said Solar-Ray, Inc. president Michael Brown. He says Stellar Home buyers can save a minimum of $350 to $400 per month on utility bills based on the PV systems installed along with the other energy conservation features installed as standard on all homes. The solar PV systems
installed offer free monitoring and control options to provide users multiple communication and control tools from anywhere on the planet via an Internet connection.

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