SolarWorld Solar Panels Power First Net-Zero-Energy, Zero-Combustion Home in Southern California

  SolarWorld Solar Panels Power First Net-Zero-Energy, Zero-Combustion Home in
  Southern California

Ed Begley Jr. to speak at ‘Green Idea House’ dedication on April 6 in Hermosa

Business Wire

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- April 4, 2013

The owners of the “Green Idea House” – Southern California’s first
net-zero-energy, zero-combustion home – will host a public dedication ceremony
at the Hermosa Beach residence on April 6. The home is a cornerstone case
study for Southern California Edison’s Net Zero Energy Initiative, the
utility’s program for implementing California Public Utility Commission
guidelines that all new residential buildings be net-zero-energy by 2020. With
6.25 kilowatts of high-performance solar panels from SolarWorld, the largest
U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, and a host of
energy-efficiency and sustainable-climate-control technologies, the
2100-square-foot, all-electric house generates more green energy than it
consumes on an annual basis and burns no fossil fuels.

Entertainer and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. will speak in the
ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. at the home at 1556 Prospect Ave.

Two years ago, property owners Robert and Monica Fortunato and their son
Carter set out to affordably retrofit their family home into a
net-zero-energy, zero-combustion residence using ordinary building techniques
and off-the-shelf technology and at no greater cost than standard
construction. Energy-efficient architectural design, appliances and lighting
have enabled the family, which resumed residence in the renovated house in
suburban Los Angeles County in March 2012, to consume 75 percent less energy
than they did prior to construction, despite adding 700 square feet to the
structure. Moreover, the 26 SolarWorld solar panels on the home’s roof
generated about 2,000 kilowatt-hours more electricity than the Fortunatos
consumed in the last year, earning the family a several-hundred-dollar credit
from Southern California Edison.

“Our objective with the Green Idea House was to build community around the
idea that anyone can and should build with energy efficiency and
sustainability in mind,” Robert Fortunato said. “We used American-made
SolarWorld solar panels because their quality and reliability took us furthest
in meeting our power-production and environmental goals.”

The project received the 2012 Green Leadership Award from Los Angeles County,
2012 Environmental Leadership SEED Award and Build It Green’s Green Point
Rated Builder of the Year Award.

“The Green Idea House is an inspiration for many things that individuals,
families, contractors and homebuilders can do to cut energy consumption, curb
carbon emissions and boost environmental sustainability,” said Kevin Kilkelly,
president of SolarWorld Americas, the company’s commercial hub, based in
Camarillo, Calif.

SolarWorld is a leading manufacturer of high-performance solar panels and
complete solar systems for the residential market. The Freedom Plan, the
company’s residential solar-financing program, is available throughout

The Fortunato family will offer home tours and interviews to media
representatives by appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5. Contact Robert
Fortunato at (310) 594-5924 or to schedule an

About SolarWorld

SolarWorld AG manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to
a cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs
approximately 2,600 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany,
and Hillsboro, USA. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld
manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development.
Through an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers
all over the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company
maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe, and has
committed itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld has
been publicly traded on the stock market since 1999. More information at


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