Massachusetts Launches Sun Power for New Homes

October 03, 2003

On October 2, DiPlacido Development Corporation opened a model home in a new subdivision near Boston that carries the ENERGY STAR certification and sports a solar photovoltaic (PV) electric system on its roof. The new homes now for sale in the subdivision can be equipped with PV systems rated at 1.3 kilowatts (kW) or 2.6 kW.

The opening officially launches the Massachusetts Sun Power for New Homes Initiative, which is partially funded by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC). The initiative represents the largest funding for solar energy in New England, and includes training for builders, electricians, and installers. The program also underwrites part of the cost of the PV panels. A homeowner's cost ranges from $3,000 to $5,000, depending on size. MTC estimates annual savings worth $150 for the smaller PV system and $300 for the larger system.

Source: October 2 edition of