A welcome sign outside KB Homes’ first ZeroHouse 2.0 in Maryland, featuring a solar panel system by Solar Energy World.

Waldorf, Maryland

Solar Energy World is proud to announce its involvement in KB Home’s first ZeroHouse 2.0 in Maryland, located at the Middletown Woods community in Waldorf. The Elkridge-based solar company installed a high-efficiency SunPower solar panel system on the home, which combines energy efficient features with solar to dramatically reduce or even eliminate the homeowner’s electricity bill. This is the latest installation in a series of commercial and residential projects in the Maryland-DC community by Solar Energy World, a SunPower Premier Dealer and Maryland’s leading solar panel provider and installer.

KB Home’s ZeroHouse 2.0, now offered in multiple states, combines an efficient building envelope, energy-conserving lighting, and energy efficient appliances and fixtures with a high-efficiency SunPower solar panel system. The home is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes, allowing for a homeowner’s electric bill to be nearly zero. As such, the ZeroHouse 2.0 at Middletown Woods is estimated to save homeowners nearly $6,000 in energy costs annually when compared to a typical resale home. At Middletown Woods, Solar Energy World installed a 9.6-kilowatt utility grid-connected system, consisting of 40 SunPower solar panels, on the 4,000-square-foot model home. The home opened for public tours on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

“We’re proud to be a part of such a forward-thinking initiative by KB Home,” said Solar Energy World Vice President Geoff Mirkin. “We look forward to continuing to provide green energy and cost-saving measures to our commercial and residential customers.”

KB Home hosted a group of students from North American Trade Schools on Wednesday, June 20, for a tour of the ZeroHouse 2.0 model home as well as a brief presentation from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy officials.