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SunPower Says Solar Power to Become Standard on New Homes – Bloomberg

SunPower Corp. (SPWR), the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, expects photovoltaic panels to become a standard feature in new home construction in the U.S., Chief Executive Officer Tom Werner said.
The company supplies seven of the top 10 U.S. home builders, including KB Home (KBH), Lennar Corp. (LEN) and Standard Pacific Corp. (SPF), and almost 10,000 new homes have panels from San Jose, California-based SunPower, Werner said today in an interview.
SunPower expects to double its customer base to 300,000 rooftop systems on homes and businesses by 2015 from 150,000 last year as demand for smaller systems outpaces installations of large, utility-scale solar farms, Werner said. Including panels in new homes will accelerate that trend and lower the cost of solar energy.
“In the U.S., the big driver for solar demand going forward is going to be residential,” Werner said.
Panels and other hardware components make up less than half the budget of the average U.S. rooftop solar project, and incorporating them into new homes from the start, including design, construction and connecting them to buildings’ wiring, will reduce costs, he said.


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