San Jose's first "green certified" subdivision

Mar 11, 2008 Full story:

“We think when a buyer has a choice between a home that isn't energy-efficient and doesn't have solar power and one that does, the choice will be very easy”

For a housing market wracked with uncertainty, green is good. That was on display Monday when Pinn Brothers Fine Homes unveiled the first single-family subdivision in San Jose to meet a new standard for green ... via

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Richmond, CA

#1 Mar 12, 2008
In September 2007 we installed a 3625 watt solar system on our roof. After the state subsidy and the $2000 Federal Tax Credit our out of pocket cost was $22,500. The system came with a 25 year guarantee on the panels and a 10 year guarantee on the inverter. The permit in Vacaville cost $415. We used the raised panels because they are more efficient than the tiles in hot weather and cost less. Although he used all types of solar panels our installer (HelioPower) recommended Sharp solar panels because he stated that they had lower failure rates than the BP panels. They both cost the same. Our system generated slightly more than 7000Kwh during the year which was about all of what was required in our 2300 sq. ft. single story house. We were connected to the grid and PG&E was required to buy our generated power when we were generating more than we were using. It's nice to watch your electric meter spin backwards. Our electric bill for the year was $134

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