California residents are familiar with solar inclusion when it comes to shopping for new homes. That’s because in 2020, the Title 24 energy code began requiring that all of the state’s new homes include a solar system. While this ambitious energy code hasn’t caught on in other sustainably-minded states just yet, new home communities are prioritizing solar energy more than ever before.
Toll Brothers is one of the latest companies to offer homebuyers SunPower’s better, cleaner energy solutions. When the agreement between the two companies was announced late last year, Toll Brothers stated that it was looking forward to providing its communities with access to renewable and reliable energy options. And, while that’s a big draw for various home construction companies across the nation, here are a few other reasons why home builders choose SunPower.
There’s no doubt about it, the home buying process can be both exciting and overwhelming, which is why that final signature on the dotted line is a notable victory. And since the last thing you want in the home buying process is yet another task, integrating solar power into your new, eco-friendly home should be anything but cumbersome.
SunPower’s mySunPower™ digital platform provides home buyers with a self-guided consultation that can be initiated when it’s convenient. Whether it’s at 2:00 pm or 2:00 am, you’ll have all the resources needed to learn about solar power and what options fit your new home and lifestyle best. You can also explore what financing options make the most sense for your family. With mySunPower, the path to going solar is quick and easy. We do the work so that you and your home builder don’t have to.
Once you’ve moved into your lovely new home, you’ll be happy to know that the mySunPower app also tracks how much power you are producing and consuming.
World-Class Solutions and Service
SunPower has a track record unlike any other solar company in the U.S. We’ve been around for over three decades, refining our solar + storage solutions and crafting a superior customer service culture. And while we can easily boast the world’s best solar, the truth is that we’re always raising our own bar to be even better at what we do.
Homeowners with SunPower® solar systems know they have the most durable solar panels available sitting right on top of their roofs.1 Backed by a strong copper foundation, SunPower solar cells are built to stand up to stress and not crack under pressure like the solar cells of other solar companies. Much like its solar panels, SunPower’s warranty stands out from the rest. We’re widely known for having the most comprehensive warranty in the industry because we cover your entire solar system, not just the solar panels.
Whole Home Energy Solutions
While solar panels are a major player in SunPower’s business model, we also provide additional products and services for homeowners that want to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle. Our SunVault™ storage system gives you backup power when you need it most. Whether you’re wanting to regularly save money from peak demand charges or need reassurance during a power outage, the SunVault storage system features a top-of-the-line solar battery that can easily take on the task.2
Woodside Homes, one of the top 30 homebuilders in the U.S., began offering its homeowners complete energy independence with SunVault storage last summer, and they aren’t the only ones. The New Home Company is ensuring that all of the homes in their California Granite Bay community will include solar + storage along with a Wallbox EV charger.
In addition to making solar storage more accessible for homeowners, new home communities are seeing a need to accommodate the increasing number of EV drivers as well. A study from Clean Technica found that nearly 40% of electric vehicle owners also have a home solar system. So, it makes perfect sense that a solar-powered home would include EV chargers to support this growing trend. Last year, SunPower teamed up with Wallbox to better accommodate sustainably-minded consumers, installing EV chargers in select locations along with a home solar system.
SunPower has worked closely with home builders for years providing expertise, resources and premium solutions to simplify the clean energy transition. It’s why companies like KB Home have chosen to work with us for over a decade. We’re looking forward to sharing our solutions with even more home builders so that new home buyers will have access to the most efficient solar panels on the market.3 In fact, home building companies can catch us at the International Builder Show in Orlando, Florida starting February 8 to see our solar, storage and EV charger solutions up close.
1 Jordan, et. al. Robust PV Degradation Methodology and Application. PVSC 2018
2 The ability to provide electricity during peak times and during an outage will vary based on the amount of energy stored in the battery, wattage and duration of use of devices/appliances connected to the system, the battery’s ability to recharge during daylight hours, and other factors. Storage system should not be relied upon as a power source for critical medical devices.
3 Based on datasheet review of websites of top 20 manufacturers per IHS, as of April 2021.