SolarCity and Shea Homes Introduce “No Electric Bill” Home

February 23, 2012

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.”


Photo: Shea and Trilogy Communities