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Array’s 12 lots are positioned with a north-south orientation to make maximum use of the sun and its natural energy. In addition to solar panels, Bakst said these homes will also have continuous insulation to keep utility costs even lower. While initially more expensive to build, she said these homes are more economical in the long run. “You do spend more money upfront but you’re spending less money to maintain your house,” Bakst said. “You have almost zero energy costs. With the net-zero energy model, there will be net metering. So each house will be tied to the gird with Duke Power, but the excess energy that you’re creating goes to the grid for storage official site and then for peak times for peak demand – when you need more energy – it [the energy] gets called back from the grid.” Bakst said Duke Power will charge $14 dollars a month for each house to be connected to the grid, and that will be the sole utility cost. Other standard utilities like water and sewer will come at no additional cost as a well and septic system will be built into the neighborhood. While net-zero energy houses are being built sporadically, Bakst said the Array neighborhood will be one of the first of its kind in the whole country. Right now, she has one of the twelve Array lots reserved.

https://chapelboro.com/news/development/ncs-first-sustainable-green-neighborhood-coming-to-orange-county

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