SolarCity and Shea Homes Introduce “No Electric Bill” Home

Project is expected to be among the largest of its kind; will make solar-powered, net-zero homes available in five states

Renewable energy services company SolarCity and homebuilder Shea Homes have partnered to make a “no electric bill” home available to homebuyers in all Shea Homes Active Lifestyle and Trilogy communities in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, and Washington.

Branded as SheaXero the no electric bill home, the partnership with SolarCity will make net-zero the standard offering at all ten of Shea’s Active Lifestyle and Trilogy Communities. SheaXero homes aim to achieve net-zero electric bills by generating as much electricity as they consume through a blend of energy-efficient features and a solar power system that is included in the home’s purchase price.

Shea’s partnership with SolarCity is expected to be one of the largest net-zero electric home projects in the U.S. when completed. The partnership allows SolarCity to provide solar services to homeowners in Florida and Nevada for the first time.

“With electricity prices and pollution levels on the rise, American homeowners want better energy choices,” said Walter Cuculic, SolarCity’s national manager of home builder programs. “We partnered with Shea Homes to make clean energy accessible and affordable for more home buyers.”

The solar panels SolarCity installs on SheaXero homes will generate renewable energy that saves money and offsets electricity consumption. The homes provide a suite of 11 energy-saving features, including energy-efficient Trane HVAC systems, Jenn-Air Energy Star appliances, high-performance insulation and dual-pane, low-e windows.

“SheaXero homeowners can save thousands of dollars per year on energy costs,” said Rick Andreen, president of Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities. “Net-zero homes protect owners from the impact of electricity rate increases while safeguarding the environment for the next generation.”


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Hadrian’s Wall.(Review)

Antiquity September 1, 2000 | JAMES, N.; STODDART, SIMON DAVID J. BREEZE & BRIAN DOBSON. Hadrian’s Wall (4th edition). xvii+357 pages, 36 figures, 14 tables, 38 plates. 2000. London: Penguin; 0-14-027182-1 paperback 9.99 [pounds sterling] & Can$22.99.

Prof. WACHER’S description of Roman Britain uses the helpful concept of landscapes but less analytically than Ken & Petra Dark’s The landscape of Roman Britain (1997), which he does not cite. His procedure is similar: an outline of the Iron Age background followed by descriptions of the remains of military, agricultural, rural, urban and industrial activities. It is full of enlivening detail, and his critical assessments of the evidence are illuminating but, as his admirers would expect, Prof. WACHER dwells less than the Darks on the countryside and makes more of the urban and military archaeology; and, in stead of assessing continuities beyond the Roman period, he makes an interesting summary of `Roman survival in the modern landscape’. go to website hadrian s wall

Mr EDWARDS’ approachable little book will do a good job of helping local people to appreciate their archaeology. The first half describes the history of research; there is a brief summary of the Roman history; there are descriptions of the museum and of finds; the route for a walk is set out; and there is a gazetteer of inscriptions with very helpful commentary. It is a model. in our site hadrian s wall

The last edition of BREEZE & DOBSON came out 13 years ago. The new one is longer by 10%. Among the details updated are growing caution in attributions of work on Hadrian’s Wall to specific legions and new information on the phasing of the Antonine Wall. The chapter on the 3rd and 4th centuries has been substantially rewritten. Also up-dated is the next title; and the following one has the honour of replacing the booklet of the same title published 25 years ago, one of the very first of Shire’s pithy booklets on British archaeology.


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