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ComThe New Jersey\'s first solar-assisted community will break ground in the Elk Township in about four weeks, and builders say soaring oil prices and increased energy awareness suggest that more will come next.
The Valle del Sol community, located on Ewan Road, Route 77, will have 18 5 homes.
2 KW solar system per installation.
Solar energy will be replenished, and owners are expected to save 50 to 70% per month on electricity bills.
While many homeowners in New Jersey have incorporated solar energy into their homes, Valle del Sol will be the first and only community in the state to build each home with panels from the start, the move eased financial pressure to install solar panels later.
Fred howber, president of Southampton East Energy Services, said: \"If you put these things on when the house is built and fully invested in the mortgage, there will be no financial impact . \", N. J.
, The company installed panels in Valle del Sol.
Hauber, who has been on the Clean Energy Council in New Jersey for 30 years in the energy industry, installed his first solar system in 1989 and said: \"When everyone thinks you\'re a witch, if you do. \".
Hauber explained that solar energy has slowly entered the state, installing a system in the first year, and then adding about three more systems each year.
In recent years, however, kickbacks and fiscal stimulus have led to a statewide boom in solar power generation.
Hauber said that there are 3,000 solar buildings in New Jersey today, and only California has more installed capacity than the state. \"The response (
Solar power rebate)
\"In this state, they run faster than expected,\" he said . \".
\"People like this very much.
\"This is because solar panels are not only a way to reduce the carbon footprint, but also a long-term way --
Despite a big start, long-term investment in decent returnsup costs.
According to Hauber, the price of solar energy is between $7 and $9 per watt.
If residents install the 10 KW system, which is the maximum wattage allowed by the National rebate system, homeowners can spend about $70,000.
But there are two options that can help reduce this number: rebates and solar renewable energy credit.
Every state resident who pays the electricity or gas bill pays the social welfare fee (
Even if they don\'t notice), Hauber said.
The state collects the fund and uses it to pay rebates for solar energy to help homeowners, which power the conversion.
He explained that the switch to solar energy has become so popular that the state has suspended the rebate until 2009, when the fund will be supplemented and new applicants can apply.
While equally valuable, the instantaneous value of solar renewable energy credit is low and power companies have to buy from homeowners.
One credit is available at 1,000 KW hours.
Hauber said the current line of credit is between $200 and $280, although the price is expected to jump between $400 and $600 in 2009.
\"You can get 15 years of credit so you can make a lot of money, except for energy efficiency rebates,\" says Hauber . \".
But solar power is not a way to get rich quickly.
\"Everyone thinks you\'ll make a profit in a week, but you won\'t.
\"Depending on what you get, it will take four to ten years to pay for these things,\" Hauber said . \".
\"It\'s about an 8-year payback (
And if you don\'t get a rebate it would be 16-year payback.
\"Solar prices remain high because the demand for silicon, the material inside the solar panel, is far greater than supply,\" says Hauber.
There are only nine silicon plants in the world, and most of their output goes to countries such as China, Japan, Germany and Spain, which are more enthusiastic about solar energy than the United States.
He noted that schools and municipal buildings purchased the most kilowatts from the eastern energy services sector, although from the original figures the residents were his most common clients.
About 25% (of clients)
\"It\'s entirely for environmental reasons, and everyone else is for economic reasons,\" he said . \".
\"Every $1,000 of electricity saved with a renewable energy system, your property will be worth an increase of $20,000. \" (
That number comes from the Chicago evaluation agency, says Hauber. )
Joe Nastasi and his partner, Natale Russo, the owner of Swedesboro Cornerstone Building Group LLC, recognized a growing interest in solar homes a few years ago and, therefore, they began to get approval from elk town officials to accept the creative community --wide.
Even solar street lights.
\"People started talking more about it and we said, \'Hey, this is probably where the buildings move.
Everything began to become an Energy Star and green buildings became popular.
Nastasi pointed out that so far, people who have expressed interest in the community have been motivated by environmental protection.
\"Solar energy can not only save money, it can also reduce the impact on the environment.
\"There are a lot of educated buyers looking for this,\" said Nastasi . \".
The residential area of Valle del Sol ranges from 1,900 square feet to 3,500 square feet, starting at $379,000.
\"I think more and more people are looking for alternative ideas.
\"I believe this may be the first in the region, but it will never be the last,\" Nastasi said . \".