Solara Green Homes held its October grand opening of what could become a new, green Chilliwack subdivision, 300 people showed up interested in finding a way to live in a new home and lighten their environmental footprint. For a extra $20,000 to $30,000 You can live in the new Solara Green Homes entirely powered by renewable energy.
Buyers who decide to take the plunge and purchase one of Solara Green homes,should have a simpler, cheaper life if the technology proves out.
A small, roof-mounted wind turbine on top of Solara Green homes, that looks more like a weather vane, in combination with a roof-mounted photo-voltaic cell will produce 5,600 kilowatts of electricity a year to run the computer, TVs and oven.
According to B.C. Hydro, the average home uses 17,000 kilowatts per year, with 7,000 of that powering the furnace. With another 5,000 kilowatts shaved off from energy conservation, so solara green homes should be mostly self-sufficient in electricity.
For heating the Solara Green homes house, a "solar-thermal" panel uses a glycol liquid mix circulating in vacuum tubes to collect the heat energy from the sun. The temperature in those tubes reaches 100 C. That heat is then transferred to hot water, which is used to heat the house or for the bathroom and kitchen.
Solara Green Homes solar thermal panels are cheaper than geothermal, which uses the same principal, but requires a more costly drilling process into the ground.
With such a set-up, a natural gas connection isn't even needed, while power from B.C. Hydro would only be used on the darkest days to run a heat pump. Otherwise, the heat from the solar-thermal panels would warm the entire Solara Green Homes house.
He points out, Terasen Gas is willing to help out - by paying the extra costs of the new technology up front on Solara Green Homes, allowing homeowners pay them back through their utility bills
The goal is to make each Solara Green Homes house a zero emitter of greenhouse gas so each homeowner can do his or her part to slow climate change.
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By Sean jordan @ One Percent Realty