As the housing market continues to evolve toward zero net-energy ready homes, Building America research has provided essential guidance for integrating renewable energy systems with high-performance homes and showing how they align with utility peak-demand reduction interests. In addition to substantial energy savings, solar electric home projects can have major impacts such as reducing rolling black-outs in resource constrained, high-growth markets.
To earn this Top Innovation award, Building America researchers partnered with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District on a large solar home project in Sacramento, California, called Premier Gardens. Read about this Top Innovation.
See another example of this Top Innovation in action. Find more case studies of Building America projects across the country that demonstrate high performance homes utilizing photovoltaic systems to reduce peak demand.
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