A Florida community does not pay for the electricity it consumes thanks to a solar panel system that is integrated into all homes. Pearl Homes, a Sarasota-based developer focused on building zero-energy single-family homes and multifamily units, is behind Hunter's Point, the state's first LEED Zero Energy certified sustainable residential project.
Located in Cortez, in Manatee County, this developing community will contain 86 homes once the project is completed in 2025, featuring the integration of solar panels and battery storage into its homes, built in an environmentally friendly manner, with the latest technology. Available in off-grid energy production and distribution, and customized smart home design.
Hunters Point, Florida community that doesn't pay for electricity
In an interview with The Washington Post, William and Swann Fulford explained that on a typical afternoon, the solar panels on their three-story house produce twice as much energy as they consume, so they use some of the extra electricity to charge the battery they do use. Power your home at night and sell the rest to the electrical grid.
“We haven't gotten the electric bill yet,” said William, 76, a retired contractor who spent decades building custom homes before moving to Florida. The couple had paid electricity bills of up to $600 a month at their previous home in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, the project, which includes 86 solar homes and 47 boats on more than 17 acres, was created with the help of the Florida Solar Center, a research institute at the University of Florida. University of Central Florida, and its homes are designed to produce more energy than they consume.
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Every home at Hunter's Point has its own panel that controls lighting, heating, air conditioning, smart irrigation and home security. “This cutting-edge technology works perfectly to create a home with great green credentials,” they say. Other features of these homes include high-efficiency fixtures, appliances that reduce electricity use, and charging stations for electric vehicles.
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