Trilogy by Shea Homes, the first builder to roll out a national solar offering, has chosen to work with BP Solar, a global leader in solar energy.
Trilogy will offer free solar power systems on new homes as part of its ongoing commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of homes in all of its Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities across four states, including Redmond Ridge.
The BP Solar Home Solutions systems are estimated to reduce the homes’ electric bills by up to 60 percent per home, in addition to the approximately 30 percent energy usage reduction.
Trilogy homes already achieve with the Shea Green Certified standards for home building. Each home will be equipped with a 3-kilowatt solar power system, which helps provide security against electric rate increases, allowing consumers to hedge their future risks in the volatile energy markets.
“Savvy consumers in the Seattle area expect green elements in the homes they buy today so Trilogy is going one step beyond to bring innovative, meaningful products and smart amenities to the marketplace,” said Richard Obernesser, area vice-president, Washington, of Trilogy at Redmond Ridge. “We know that active Baby Boomers prefer green if they can save money and this system does just that. Now they can feel good about their decision to choose Trilogy for yet another reason.”
Solar systems will be free through Aug. 31 to new home buyers in Trilogy in Washington, Arizona, California and Florida. At Trilogy at Redmond Ridge, if a prospective member selects a home upon which solar is not available, they will receive a Toyota Prius with their purchase, another eco-friendly, energy-efficient offer.
After Aug. 31, the systems will be available as an upgrade option. Homeowners will be able to track how much power their system is producing, along with its environmental benefits, via a Web-based remote monitoring system.
Shea Green Certified homes are built with a combination of the most important and cost-effective standards for green residential building set by LEED, National Association of Home Builders and Environments for Living.
In addition to solar power systems, standard features in Trilogy’s green homes include solar attic fans, blown-in insulation from recycled cellulose, wood from sustainable forests, framing techniques that use up to 10 percent less wood and save 5.5 trees per home, leak minimizing construction via sealed ducts and penetrations, satellite/weather-controlled irrigation systems, Energy Star-rated efficient appliances, dual pane low-e windows and motion and occupancy sensor lighting.
Additional details of the Trilogy BP Solar promotion are available at www.sheasuperiology.com/trilogy/.