KB Home Opens New Solar Community in California

  • KB Homes' 43-unit Milan at West Hills community of solar-powered homes opened on July 30.

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    KB Homes' 43-unit Milan at West Hills community of solar-powered homes opened on July 30.

Production builder KB Home’s brand-new Milan at West Hills community in Valencia, Calif., is among the first in the area to offer solar power systems as a standard feature.

The Energy Star-qualified homes are expected to save owners up to 30% on their utility bills. For example, a two-story 2,941-square-foot model with the company’s standard 1.35-kW system has an estimated electric and gas bill of $94 per month, $48 less than that of a similar sized non-solar home. Buyers can upgrade the home’s solar capacity and reduce their estimated electric and gas bill to as little as $47 per month by choosing a 3.15-kW system, the highest capacity system available.

Designs range from 2,941 to 4,028 square feet with up to six bedrooms, four baths, and three-car tandem garages, with pricing starting in the low $500,000s. Besides solar systems, the homes come standard with energy-efficient appliances, radiant roof barriers, tankless water heaters, low-E windows, irrigation systems, smog-eating tile roofs, and LED lights.

Each home’s energy usage is rated using KB’s Energy Performance Guide system, a measurement similar to an MPG rating for new vehicles.

Jennifer Goodman is Senior Editor for EcoHome.