Fort Lauderdale-Based Stellar Homes Group Becomes First South Florida Homebuilder to Include Solar Power as Standard Feature in All Their New Homes

Buyer demand and reduced cost of solar PV installation have set the stage for the launch of South Florida's first solar standard included features program.

Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 26, 2016 --( To Fort Lauderdale-based Stellar Homes Group, solar power is not a luxury amenity, instead the homebuilder will be the first in South Florida’s history to include a Photo Voltaic (PV) solar panel system, with a 30 year warranty, as a standard feature in all its new homes.

Each solar panel system has a retail value of $9,160 to $16128 per home (depending on community), and will be offered standard to buyers without raising prices to offset costs. “Our 5Kw PV solar panel package, combined with Stellar Homes Group’s additional energy conservation features, is expected to result in an estimated energy cost savings of approximately $81,000 over 20 years. Our homebuyers can choose a solar package to suit their needs and can take advantage of the 30 percent federal tax credit,” explained Stellar Homes Group Vice President Tony Valle. Stellar Homes Group is currently building new homes, priced from the low $800,000s, in Cavalia Estates, in Davie, Velero at Sailboat Bend in Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Villas in Boca Raton, Fla. “We are constantly striving to advance our energy conservation efforts in our homes for South Florida, and this is the next step in our commitment,” added Stellar Homes Group Managing Partner Larry Baum.

Solar-Ray, headquartered in Orlando, will install the PV systems for Stellar Homes Group. Solar-Ray is the premier solar integrator in the Florida market, one of only six North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners accredited companies in the country and the only one in Florida. “Solar panels require very little maintenance since there aren’t many moving parts. The systems efficient to install while the homes are being built, and will add greatly to the current and resale value of the homes,” stated Solar-Ray, Inc. President Michael Brown. With more than 13 years of experience in PV systems installation, Brown predicts Stellar Home Buyers can save a minimum of $350 to $400 per month on utility bills based on the PV systems installed along with the other energy conservation features installed as standard on all homes. All solar PV systems installed offer free monitoring and control options to provide users multiple communication and control tools from anywhere on the planet via an Internet connection.

Green built and certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition, Stellar Homes Group will include an array of additional green features as standard beyond the solar panels in all new homes: passive solar day lighting through positioning of windows and doors to maximize natural light; hybrid water heaters (plus $300 federal tax credit) that deliver hot water 70 percent more efficiently through heat transfer; LED Lighting; low flow shower heads, toilet and sink faucets, Zero VOC Sherwin Williams paint sealants and adhesives and Maxxon's Underlayment for all floors upstairs that are GREENGUARD Gold Certified meeting the most stringent product emission criteria in the market for healthier breathing air.

In addition to the above, Stellar Homes installs three times the required insulation on the exterior block walls. The homes will be electric car-ready, have organic vegetable gardens and will feature upgraded, drought-resistant landscaping.

“Creating beautiful homes in an environmentally sustainable way can be done well by incorporating green practices and knowledge from the start of the building process. It’s our mission to present a healthier home and lifestyle for today’s families, and we have certainly raised the bar,” added Stellar Homes Group Managing Partner Larry Baum.

About Stellar Homes Group
Founded in 2009, South-Florida-based developer Stellar Homes Group has delivered more than 2,000 homes and is committed to building residences that offer stellar quality, contemporary designs and sustainability. Stellar Homes Group specializes in the acquisition, development and value enhancement of residential and mixed-use properties. The company has developed in some of the most desirable coastal, urban and suburban locations in South Florida and is proudly dedicated to maintaining Florida Green standards and following green building practices to minimize the impact to the environment while reducing energy and water costs for residents. For more information about Stellar Homes Group visit
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