The Saga Continues: San Diego Development Offers Solar as Standard on New Homes


SolarCity partners with yet another homebuilder to offer solar as a feature on new homes. Solar will be offered as standard in one development and as an option in another.

The city of Ramona, in San Diego County, will be host to the latest development to offer solar as standard in all of its homes. Black Canyon Estates Homes, a partnership between SolarCity and KirE Builders, will include a minimum of a 3 kW solar system in all homes built, with options to upgrade to 4.5 or 6.0 kW.

Solar will also be featured as an option in the developer’s Vista Sereno Estates, opening later this year.

Walter Cuculic, SolarCity’s national manager of Builder Programs, states, “SolarCity and KirE Builders are making it easy for homeowners to take advantage of abundant, clean energy and immediate savings that solar can bring…. It’s a perfect fit for San Diego, which enjoys some 300 days of sunshine each year.”

In addition to the solar panels, each home will also include additonal energy saving amentites including tankles water heaters, low-E windows, and high-efficiency plumbing.

Josh Santa, president of KirE Builders states, “At KirE Builders, we have a twist on the American dream — to own a home with clean, affordable solar power.” 

This announcement is part of a trend we have been following. More and more, homeowners are demanding solar and energy-efficiency in their homes. And more homebuilders are responding by including solar as either an option or standard on new homes.