Monday, November 25, 2013

Dallas is Getting Sunnier with Solar!

A group called Solar City teamed up with a home-builder in Texas, PSW, to build 80+ homes in the Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) area with pre-installed solar panels, tankless water heaters, and all kinds of energy efficiencies (i.e. Energy Star appliances, etc) built right in! How cool is that? They're part of two communities, one around 1600 Kings' Highway (which I'm not familiar with) and the other in the Bishop Heights community, which is in a really cool, up-and-coming part of town. Consider it the Greenpoint of DFW.

The homes are pretty big - 1700-2700 sq. ft. with 3-4 bedrooms and 2-3 baths, priced around $300,000 - great for new families. The ThinkProgress article I linked to above does point out that $300,000 is not affordable for most of the Dallas community, but I think this is a solid start. Once one or two of these communities are built, I'm sure the demand will increase and the cost will decrease.

Way to go, Dallas, for being a leader in the green communities movement!

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