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BI PV Urban Scale Project Details
Name projectCentex - Avignon
Year2007-00-00 (Start operation date)
PV applicationInclined roof - integrated: PV roof tiles
PV power total kWp
LocationPleasanton, California
Latitude/Longitude37°39'44"N 121°52'28"W
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Project summary
Avignon is a high-end home community, with prices starting at $1,6 million. The homes are estate style homes, yet are a Centex “Powersave Plus” community. The homes start at 400 square meters and the land parcels are 1 200 – 2 400 square meters for 28 of the homes. Two homes are on parcels10 000 – 20 000 square meters and have maintained vineyards. The community was marketed as “Sunshine and Wine”. Pleasanton is a highly desirable community because of its public transportation connection to San Francisco, avoiding urban trafficproblems.

Urban scale PV aspects
Centex is one of the largest builders in the US, having built more than 33,000 homes in 25 states in 2005. This community was designed as a high end community bordering a California vineyard with very large land parcels. Alameda County also part of the Cool Counties Climate stabilization Initiative.

Special PV project info
PV architecture and building integration
Urban planning issues
Economical and financial issuesIncentives are available to builders and to home owners. In January 2006, the California Public Utili¬ties Commission (CPUC) adopted a program–the California Solar Initiative (CSI)–to provide more than $3 billion in incentives for solar projects with the objective of providing 3,000 MW of solar capacity by 2017 from residential and commercial projects combined. Homeowners will receive $2.50/Watt AC for residential systems, with the incentives awarded as a one-time, up-front payment based on expected system performance. Several counties offer incentives to builders including free techni¬cal advice and waiving of fees on solar projects; some counties offer rebates to homeowners on solar equipment.
PV ownershipBuilding owner: Inhabitant. PV owner: Inhabitant. PV energy user: Inhabitant.
Tariffs and metering
Info on grid issuesThere were no specific grid issues. Pacific Gas and Electric has been interconnecting homes since California policy started in the mid 1990’s. The homes were design to exceed the aggresive California Building Energy Code, Title 24, by 25%. Between the efficiency options and solar, the average monthly bill is reduced from $134 to $39. California utilities are most interested in demand reduction and these homes have a peak demand of only 1 kW which is excellent for an estate style home.
Other infoThere is also the federal $2,000 tax credit for homeowners who purchase solar electric and solar water heating systems as well as a $500 tax credit for those who purchase energy-efficient equipment like furnaces, air conditioners and water heaters. Also, many utilities in California offer a rebate for energy-efficient construction, usually $500 per house.
Remarks and recommended readingAt a time when the housing market in the US is near a standstill, Centex like other builders finds the “Powersave Plus”, which is efficiency and PV to differentiate its home product even in the high-end home market. Avignon like other solar communities sold out immediately. Other project company: ConSol.

Other project data
Type of projectCommercial project
Other relevant aspects
Start of PV project
Start operation PV system2007-00-00
Main project leading companyCentex Homes
Main project contact person
Contact email
Contact address
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Urban district data
Kind of urban areaResidential - urban
Main building typesHouses - single house
New/Retrofit/AddedNew building integration
Main PV area address

PV systems
PV applicationInclined roof - integrated: PV roof tiles
PV power total urban project105 kWp
Number of dwellings/units30
PV power per dwellings/units3.5 kWp
Main PV system typesGrid-connected - demand side
Main PV module typesPV building elements - PV roof tile
Main PV cell typesCrystalline silicon - mono
PV module brand and typeSun Power/SunTile
PV inverter brand and type

PV cost and energy production
Total PV system investment
Average PV modules only costs
Total PV energy yield3456 kWh Calculated
PV energy user owner

Projects websitewww.centexhomes.com
Other websites http://www.consol.ws/
Webpage Educational Tool

1. Avignon.pdf

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