The much ballyhoed partnership between the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and builder DR Horton has failed to generate any energy — so to speak.
Groundbreaking has begun and models are being constructed in the Provence neighborhood in Natomas.
Residents of these SolarSmart homes may save as much as 60 percent annually on their electric bills through the energy-efficient features and the solar roof tiles that generate electricity.
In addition to the built-in solar panels, SolarSmart homes also boast many energy efficiency measures to help customers reduce their bills year-round. The energy efficiency measures include efficient HVAC systems, radiant barriers in attics, added insulation, duct sealing and energy-efficient compact fluorescent lighting.
Today, the above mentioned “model” homes — found off East Commerce Way — sit empty behind wrought iron fence. The sales office is partially hidden by overgrown landscaping. THE BUZZ thinks we even saw a tumbleweed being blown down the abandoned streets of this landmark development project…