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A New "ZeroHouse" In Waldorf, Maryland

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We're really not trying to make those without power even more unhappy than they already are, so if you are one of those unfortunate people you might want to stop reading about this ZeroHouse 2.0 in Waldorf, Md. It is a joint project between Solar Energy World and KB Homes and produces as much or more energy than it consumes and doesn't need the electrical grid to do it. Those forty solar panels are a big part of the reason why, plus things like efficient lighting and a well-sealed house to prevent drafts. That means homeowners won't have to spend very much to keep the lights on all year round, El Derecho or no El Derecho.


ELKRIDGE, MD (July 2, 2012) — Solar Energy World is proud to announce its involvement in KB Home’s first ZeroHouse 2.0 in Maryland, located at the Middletown Woods community in Waldorf. The Elkridge-based solar company installed a high-efficiency SunPower solar power system on the home, which combines energy efficient features with solar to dramatically reduce or even eliminate the homeowner’s electricity bill. This is the latest installation in a series of commercial and residential projects in the Maryland-DC community by Solar Energy World, a SunPower Premier Dealer and the area’s leading solar panel provider and installer.

KB Home’s ZeroHouse 2.0, now offered in multiple states, combines an efficient building envelope, energy-conserving lighting, and energy efficient appliances and fixtures with a high-efficiency SunPower solar power system. The home is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes, allowing for a homeowner's electric bill to be nearly zero. As such, the ZeroHouse 2.0 at Middletown Woods is estimated to save homeowners nearly $6,000 in energy costs annually when compared to a typical resale home. At Middletown Woods, Solar Energy World installed a 9.6-kilowatt utility grid-connected system, consisting of 40 SunPower panels, on the 4,000-square-foot model home. The home opened for public tours on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

“We’re proud to be a part of such a forward-thinking initiative by KB Home,” said Solar Energy World Vice President Geoff Mirkin. “We look forward to continuing to provide green energy and cost-saving measures to our commercial and residential customers.”

KB Home hosted a group of students from North American Trade Schools on Wednesday, June 20, for a tour of the ZeroHouse 2.0 model home as well as a brief presentation from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy officials.

· KB Homes [OfficialSite]
· Solar Energy World [OfficialSite]