Southern California’s first net-zero-energy, zero-combustion home is a project called the “Green Idea House.” This home is located in Hermosa Beach and is a cornerstone case study for Southern California Edison’s Net Zero Energy Initiative, the utility’s program for implementing California Public Utility Commission guidelines that all new residential buildings be net-zero-energy by 2020.
This all-electric house is 2100-square feet and generates more green energy on an annual basis than it consumes and burns no fossil fuels, with 6.25 kilowatts of high-performance solar panels from SolarWind. SolarWorld is the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, and a host of energy-efficiency and sustainable-climate-control technologies. Two years ago, property owners Robert and Monica Fortunato and their son Carter set out to affordably retrofit their family home into a net-zero-energy, zero-combustion residence using ordinary building techniques and off-the-shelf technology and at no greater cost than standard construction. Energy-efficient architectural design, appliances and lighting have enabled the family to consume 75 percent less energy than they did prior to construction, despite adding 700 square feet to the structure. Moreover, the 26 SolarWorld solar panels on the home’s roof generated about 2,000 kilowatt-hours more electricity than the Fortunatos consumed in the last year, earning the family a several-hundred-dollar credit from Southern California Edison. The “Green Idea House” project received the 2012 Green Leadership Award from Los Angeles County, 2012 Environmental Leadership SEED Award and Build It Green’s Green Point Rated Builder of the Year Award. The Green Idea House is an example of the many things that families, contractors, and homebuilders can do to cut energy consumption and promote more sustainable living.
Source: SolarWorld news release- SolarWorld solar panels power first net-zero-energy, zero-combustion home in Southern California