Like the rest of the economy, the real estate market hasn’t been healthy for a number of years. Builders have had to lay off workers, brokers aren’t cashing a lot of commission checks, and a lot of new homes remain empty for months. Many are looking to green ideas to set their properties apart from vanilla-type construction and a high number of foreclosures hitting the market. Construction giant KB Home is taking this idea to heart and has plans to build a number of communities where solar panels are installed on every starter home. The residential building titan had previously offered photovoltaic panels as an option for homes in California and Colorado, and their new partnership with SunPower Corporation will make 1.4-kilowatt solar array a standard feature in ten of their communities. The first test communities are located in sunny parts of Southern California such as Eastvale, Temecula, and Chula Vista.

KB has put an interesting spin on the solar panels by pitching them as a way to increase home ownership rates; cutting your power bill makes it even easier to pay off your mortgage.

source: taintedgreen