New England Condo Goes 100% Solar

May 15, 2006

A $6 million condominium construction project is breaking ground this week in Brockton, Massachusetts, that will be New England's first all-solar condominium project. Each townhouse at Johnson Square Village will have its own designated photovoltaic (PV) system that will save residents nearly $600 per year on energy costs.

Johnson Square Village will comprise 26 townhouses (two bedrooms, one-and-a half baths) in seven residential buildings. Each unit will feature an 18-panel, 3.24-kilowatt (kW) solar system that is expected to generate 4,212 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, more than 60% of the electricity for each home.

The units will have high efficiency heating systems with programmable controls and double paned low-e windows. They will be Energy Star®-rated and LEED®-certified. The complex will also feature two 20,000-gallon underground rainwater collection tanks that will be used to irrigate the development's common areas.

The prices of these townhouses will start at $214,900, which includes the entire cost of the PV system. The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative awarded Johnson Square Builders a $458,300 grant from the Renewable Energy Trust to help defray the cost of the panels and the installation. The model home and the first building are scheduled for completion this July. The remainder of the project will be completed by early 2007.

For more information, read a story written and originally published by GreenBiz.com in the May 14 edition of the Brockton News.