Developer becomes first in South Florida to include solar panels as standard feature


Posted November 16th, 2016

Fort Lauderdale-based Stellar Homes Group has become the first developer in South Florida to include solar panels standard with all of its new projects.

The builder said that photo voltaic (PV) systems from Orlando-based Solar-Ray will be installed on the roofs of homes in its Cavalia Estates in Davie, Velero at Sailboat Bend in Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Villas in Boca Raton. Each PV panel would have a retail value of $9,160 to $16,128 per home, but Stellar Homes Group said it would include them without raising prices, and would include a 30-year warranty on them.

“Our 5Kw PV solar panel package, combined with Stellar Homes Group’s additional energy conservation features, is expected to result in an estimated energy cost savings of approximately $81,000 over 20 years,” Stellar Homes VP Tony Valle said. “Our homebuyers can choose a solar package to suit their needs and can take advantage of the 30 percent federal tax credit.”

Solar-Ray President Michael Brown said its PV panels should save buyers $350 to $400 per month on utility bills. The systems will include free monitoring and control options for homeowners, he added.

Other green features of the Stellar Homes projects will include hybrid water heaters, positioning windows to maximize natural light, LED lighting, low flow shower heads and drought-resistant landscaping.

Homes in Velero at Sailboat Bend start in the low $800,000s.

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