Written by David Castellon
Fresno-based De Young Properties has announced its third and largest “zero net energy” subdivision.
In fact, the new 58-home development in Clovis, De Young RidgeView, will be the largest grid-connected, zero net energy (ZNE) single-family community in California.
What that means is that energy efficiencies built into the homes, along with solar panels, will allow them to potentially generate at least as much electricity as they would use were they solely on the electric grid.
DeYoung announced just over a year ago plans for it first net zero subdivision, the 36-home EnVision, which at the time was set to be the largest such development, near East Shaw and North Highland avenues, east of Clovis.
The first residents there are due to move in this fall.
DeYoung later announced its next net zero development, The Highlands by De Young, with 45 homes east of Clovis.
Its newest, RidgeView is planned to be built jointly with energy consulting company ConSol, in part with a grant from the California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge program, administered by the California Homebuilding Foundation as a way to demonstrate cost-effective construction of ZNE single-family homes, states a DeYoung press release.
Presales of the RidgeView homes, on Locan Avenue south of Teague Avenue, will begin Sept. 15.
“These homes are better for the environment and homeowners. Their design and energy efficiency features will enable homeowners to achieve extremely low energy bills and live more comfortably in their home, while reducing their carbon footprint and promoting better air quality in California,” Brandon De Young, executive vice president of De Young Properties and president of De Young Mortgage, said in the release.
In the years after the homes are built, Young and ConSol “will monitor energy usage and solar production, among other performance attributes, of the RidgeView homes. The information will be used to continue improving ZNE home designs and show regional, statewide and even national builders that ZNE homes can be constructed affordably and marketed successfully, encouraging others to follow suit,” it continues.
Fresno State, in partnership with the grant partners, will present a ZNE symposium Nov. 15, though further details of that event weren’t immediately available.
Additionally, the building process for the DeYouhg RidgeView homes will be filmed to be used in demonstration exhibits for industry and college curriculum.