KB Home is using the solar product in California to meet the state’s mandate that all new homes be equipped with solar.
SunPower has been serving homebuilders for 15 years, installing 50,000 new-home solar systems and leads in this segment, with more than 50% market share (according to the company). During the past 18 months, SunPower’s Research and Development team collaborated with KB Home to develop SunPower OneRoof.
The innovative new product features interlocking metal roof trays with integrated panel clips to install SunPower solar panels directly to the roof deck. This is designed to create a watertight, impermeable solar roof. It is designed to install faster and easier than traditional rack-mounted solar systems and has passed UL tests, including the Class A Fire Rating for building-integrated solar. The aesthetically pleasing solar roof was designed specifically to meet the needs of California new-home solar communities and replaces concrete tile roofing materials.
“KB Home has once again demonstrated its leadership, and given our long-time partnership with the homebuilder, we are confident that OneRoof will be another successful collaboration,” said Tom Werner, SunPower CEO and chairman of the board. “OneRoof is an innovative solution for homebuilders working to meet California’s new-home solar mandate, as well as for other states that are considering similar policies. Given our place in the new-home market, investing in the development of a complete integrated solar system to benefit homebuilders was a priority, and we plan to incorporate OneRoof into all new-home installations.”
“We are proud to have paved the way by providing energy savings potential to thousands of our homeowners through renewable solar power, which helps to lower their overall cost of homeownership and enables them to enjoy a more sustainable lifestyle,” said Jeff Mezger, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of KB Home. “Early on, we recognized that, through innovation and partnership with SunPower, we could create a winning solar combination for our homeowners.”
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