KB Homes and the city of Lancaster announced the grand opening of KB’s new Arroyo Community located on the east side of Lancaster. This development is the first in the Antelope Valley to offer solar power systems as a standard feature on all new homes.
The new homes come equipped with three choices of solar power ranging from the standard 1.35kW system to the upgraded 3.15kW system. Homeowners expected power costs range from $94 to $46 for the 3.15kW system.
“The value of this home is that everybody who buys one can have a solar system that creates money, saves electricity, and more importantly for us, is furthering us in the direction of being the first net zero city in America and that really is the true goal,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “In less than 10 years we will be a net zero city meaning we will produce more energy than we consume with solar power and wind. That is truly a phenomenal thing in light of what is happening in the world today with global warming…KB Homes has done something truly revolutionary.”
Tom Di Prima, Executive Vice President of KB Homes had approached the city about a possible partnership with this development. Last year in a partnership with BYD, a Chinese company, and Lancaster, KB Homes built a model home that utilizing solar, battery and LED lighting systems.
“Truly, this is a great opportunity for us…Lancaster is really a business friendly city,” said Di Prima whose company is also partnering with SunPower to install the solar on the homes. “Our business in the city of Lancaster is up 400 percent because of that partnership.”
KB Homes took over the unfinished housing development from another builder who ran into trouble. The first 18 homes in the community have already been sold and a total of 90 lots are available for consumers to choose from. Homebuyers get to choose their lot and home design and the houses are built to order in three months.
The SunPower solar system comes with a 10-year guarantee on workmanship and a 25-year guarantee on performance. The system turns on automatically in the morning and shuts off at night. Prices for the homes range from $208,990 for an 1848 square foot home to $253,990 for a 3037 square foot home. All home sites are on half-acre lots. An Energy Performance Guide (EPG) computer program is given to new homeowners so they can see how much energy they are producing and how much they are using on a daily basis.
“Affordability can’t stop with the price of a home. It has to be the whole package,” said Di Prima who added that most homeowners will see monthly energy savings of over $100. “It’s not only going to get the people in the home, it’s going to keep them in the home and it’s going to keep the quality of life up for them. We’re very, very excited about this community.”