(SeeNews) - Mar 17, 2014 - US firm SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY), which will release its 2013 financial report tomorrow, will help homebuyers in San Diego county go solar via a deal with KirE Builders Inc, the solar power solutions provider said Friday.
Walter Cuculic, SolarCity’s national manager of Builder Programs, noted that San Diego has around 300 sunny days per year.
As part of the partnership, solar systems of 3 kW will be a standard option at the homebuilder’s Black Canyon Estates community, while homeowners will be able to upgrade the solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to 4.5 kW or 6 kW. The solar arrays are custom designed by SolarCity to ensure maximum savings and efficiency. The grand opening of the solar model home took place in the past weekend.
Meanwhile, the deal between SolarCity and KirE Builders will allow homebuyers at the builder’s Vista Sereno Estates, which opens this summer, to also take advantage of the perfect solar resource in the state. In that case, solar systems will be optional.
Some 62% of US homeowners are willing to go solar, according to a survey carried out in January which included 1,418 randomly selected participants across the US. Zero up-front costs and ongoing cost savings are the two main reasons for homeowners to be considering solar systems for their homes, according to the “US Homeowners on Clean Energy: A National Survey”. It was carried out by Zogby Analytics for SolarCity and Clean Edge Inc.