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WHEN ILLINOIS RESIDENTS Dennis Kruepke and his wife decided to purchase a second home in Arizona to be closer to their daughter and grandkids in California, they were instantly intrigued by a gated 55+ community which guarantees “no electric bill.” Shea Homes in Peoria, Arizona offers net-zero-energy homes, which the builder dubbed “SheaXero,” in its Trilogy community of 2,400 homes. Once the Kruepkes settled on specific features of the Veritas Genova model they had chosen, the 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath, 2,180-square-foot home took about six months to build.
All homes within the Trilogy community are now built with a solar array, but at the time of the Kruepkes’ purchase, the couple was given an option to lease the solar power generation system. Excited by the prospect of having an eco-friendly home that would also save them money, Dennis agreed to a 20-year lease. As part of the agreement, SolarCity, the company installing the solar array, guaranteed the amount of solar energy the system would provide.
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IT'S NOT ALWAYS easy to build an affordable green home without a glaring compromise or two. But architect Eric Hughes and builder Dan Vos somehow beat the odds.