SOURCE: Greenbelt Solar

Greenbelt Solar

May 22, 2012 08:15 ET

Greenbelt Solar Offers Austin Home Buyers 72% Discount on Electric Bills Over the Next 25 Years via New Solar Builder Program for Austin Master-Planned Communities and Custom Green Home Builders

Leading Research Study Revealed That Adding Solar as a Standard Feature on New Homes for Sale in Austin May Sell Homes Twice as Fast and Generate Twice as Many Business Referrals From Happy Solar Homeowners

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - May 22, 2012) - Greenbelt Solar ( today unveiled a new turnkey solar solution and a solar design center package for new home builders that will allow home-owners to purchase a new home in Austin that may have virtually no electricity bill for the next 25 years.

Greenbelt Solar provides a free solar training program for builder sales staff and realtors as well as free solar marketing materials for new model homes and custom homebuilder solar design centers to educate customers on the benefits and cost savings from installing a solar power array. Production builders interested in adding solar to their model homes and/or new home design centers should contact Robert Hoskins, Solar Sales for Production Home Builders at (512) 627-6622.

"Greenbelt Solar's turnkey solar solution allows new homeowners in Austin Energy's service territory to purchase their electricity for the next 25 years at $0.028 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) compared to the normal retail rate of $0.0965 per kWh," said Carey Ibrahimbegovic, Greenbelt Solar's CEO. "This represents a 72% discount on electricity at today's rates, which makes new homeowners very happy."

According to a leading research report on "Zero-Energy Homes" published by the U.S. Department of Energy, homebuilders and master planned communities that included solar as a standard feature sold homes 250% faster than nearby communities that did not offer solar. The same research study determined that customers who bought solar as a standard feature did so because they did not have to evaluate vendors, viewed the solar purchase decision as simple and safe, and bought homes specifically because they had a lower total cost-of-ownership.

In addition, the solar home research pointed out that 93% of new solar homeowners were very satisfied with their purchase decision and that happy home buyers were twice as likely to recommend their homebuilder to family, friends and business colleagues due to their new home's lower electricity bills.

According to the research report solar home prices also went up in value by fifty-five percent compared to homes in nearby neighborhoods without solar. Solar really makes cents for new home buyers.

Another advantage for builders was the ability to roll the upfront cost of the solar system into the new home mortgage. After solar rebates and solar tax incentives are deducted the installed cost of a solar system is now under $4,000. Dividing $4,000 by 360 months in a typical mortgage, the monthly payment in Austin for a 4-kW solar system would be around $11 per month, but will save $47 per month on electric bills. So from day one new home buyers will increase their monthly cash flow by $36 per month or $432 per year.

Greenbelt Solar is offering the Turnkey Solar Package to the following new home builders in Austin, TX: Ashton Woods Homes, Avi Homes, Bella Vita Homes, Brohn Homes, Buffington Homes, Canterra Homes, Castle Rock Homes, Centerra Homes, Centex Homes, Cooper Beach Homes, David Weekley Homes, DR Horton Homes, Drees Custom Homes, Gehan Homes, Grand Haven Homes, Green Haven Ranch Homes, Highland Homes, Jeff Watson Homes, Jimmy Jacobs Homes, KB Homes, Lennar Homes, MA Howard Homes, Mainstreet Homes, Meritage Homes, MHI Central Texas Homes, Pacesetters Homes, Perry Homes, Pulte Homes, Russell Eppright Homes, Ryland Homes, Scott Felder Homes, Standard Pacific Homes, Sterling Homes, Steve Klein Homes, Streetman Homes, Taylor Morrison Homes, Tilson Homes, and Wilde Wood Homes.

Contact Information

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    Robert Hoskins
    Greenbelt Solar
    (512) 627-6622