Nation’s Largest Homebuilder Gets Solar Power Fever

How do you know that demand for solar installations in new home construction are on the increase? When the nation’s largest homebuilder says it is – that’s how. PulteGroup announced recently that, because of “consumer interest and demand,” it would be expanding its offering of solar power options across its new home communities in various states.

PulteGroup said the company has introduced solar primarily in Pulte Homes, Centex and Del Webb communities in the Southwest, with 10 actively-selling communities that offer solar as standard or as an option. The majority of solar is based specifically Arizona, California and Nevada. It will also be offering its first solar community east of the Mississippi as the Del Webb’s River Pointe community in New Jersey will come included with 2.25 kW solar electric systems.

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What is driving this increased demand for solar in new homes? PulteGroup says it has to do a lot with with local utilities and governments considering or implementing solar rebates and incentives for consumers and homebuilders. This is in addition to a 30 percent federal solar tax credit coupled with additional tax credits in select states. Costs for solar options, pre-anything, range in price from about $14,000 to $25,000, but it is believed that “a typical homeowner can save $35 to $60 a month on their utility bills with a solar option” in addition to the financial incentives received when the new system is installed.

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