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September 22, 2004

San Francisco to Include Efficiency and Solar Power in 1,600 Homes

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has approved an agreement with Lennar/BVHP to include energy efficiency measures and solar electric systems in the construction of 1,600 residential housing units. Lennar is the primary developer selected by the city for the redevelopment of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, which is being transferred to the City and County of San Francisco. The new homes will be built on a 78-acre plot that was the first parcel of land transferred to the city. The agreement between the city and Lennar specifies a variety of energy efficiency measures—including improved wall and attic insulation, combined water and space heating, better windows, and highly efficient appliances—as well as rooftop solar electric power systems. See the SFPUC announcement.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is also encouraging the construction of energy-efficient solar homes. The CEC issued a request for proposals on September 13th that aims to support research and development to encourage market adoption of so-called "zero-energy homes"—homes that generate as much energy as they use over the course of a year. The CEC intends to provide up to $10 million to develop zero-energy homes that integrate the best available energy efficiency measures and solar power designs with effective business models to reduce the cost of the homes. Proposals are due by November 8th. See the CEC announcement and the request for proposals.