Ashton Woods Homes Goes Solar in Oakland Park

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Working Solar Panels Installed – Public Invited to View

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The system include a web-based app that allows you to see how much energy the panels are making each day and throughout the day.

Ashton Woods Homes Florida announced today that they had recently completed the solar panel installation on their Overcup model home at their Oakland Park community in Winter Garden.

Ashton Woods Homes has now made it possible for their Oakland Park homebuyers to have the option to contribute to their power use. “We’ve installed a 3.84 kW Photovoltaic Solar Electric System on our model in Oakland Park,” stated Mr. Rob Willets, VP of Purchasing at Ashton Woods Homes Florida. Mr. Willets said that the solar panel system will offset about $75.00 per month on the electricity bill – each month. Additionally, the system feeds power generated right into the power grid, if it is not needed by the load of the home.

While each of the homes built will be “solar-ready,” Ashton Woods Homes’ Overcup model home at Oakland Park has completed the solar panel installation and is now ready for viewing and tours.

“The system is set up with 16 PV Panels all routed through microinverters and include a web-based app that allows you to see how much energy the panels are making each day and throughout the day,” added Mr. Willets. He also explained that Progress Energy gives a watt-to-watt credit for every kW generated by the system and there are also Federal tax credits available through 2016, to help offset the purchase price of the solar panel system.

All of the homes at Oakland Park are also Florida Green Building Coalition certified. The FGBC Green Home Standard indicates the criteria by which a Florida home, new or existing, can be designated green. The Overcup model home with the solar panel installation has received GOLD level certification from the FGBC. “We’re pretty excited about that,” added Mr. Willets.

Oakland Park is a master-planned community, located just minutes from downtown Winter Garden, on the shores of Lake Apopka. This traditional-style community will feature 700 to 800 homes on 50’ and 70' home sites. This unique community is surrounded by green spaces including a community garden, trails, parks, a community pool and cabana. Making access to all the local parks and shops even easier for residents will be the West Orange Trail which will wind through the community.

Homebuyers will have floor plan choices ranging from 1,972 – 3256 sq ft, with options such as guest houses adding additional square footage. Pricing, as of October 2012, will begin at $249,990 – $341,990. Floor plans include 1 story, 3 bed 2.5 baths and 2 story, 4 bed 3.5 bath options.

Interested homebuyers can visit the Ashton Woods Homes website to view homes for sale in Oakland Park and more information on floor plans and personalization options.

The Overcup model with solar panels installed is located at 828 Kingstree Lane, Winter Garden, FL 34787. From Downtown Orlando, take I-4 West to the 408 Expressway West, then follow signs to the end and merge onto Florida Turnpike North. From the Turnpike, take exit 267B and stay left on ramp, heading towards Clermont. Drive 3 miles on SR 50 to Tildenville School Rd. then turn Right. Go to first light at Oakland Ave/Plant St. and turn Left onto Oakland Ave. Oakland Park is less than one mile down, on the right. Model hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 6pm and Sunday and Monday Noon - 6pm.

About Ashton Woods Homes

Ashton Woods Homes is one of the nation’s largest private homebuilding companies, with operations in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Killeen, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio, Raleigh and Tampa. For more information, visit http://www.ashtonwoodshomes.com.

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