Construction finally set to begin on long-planned Florida solar + storage luxury home community
A new luxury solar + storage community in Cortez, Florida has begun construction. The 86-family Hunters Point community is being built by Pearl Homes and will feature a sonnen ecoLinx energy storage system. Nearly 70% of the homes have now been sold.
Each home will come with a solar system of approximately 6 kW, along with sonnen’s lithium iron phosphate battery technology. The ecoLinx is guaranteed for 15,000 cycles/15 years.
Hunters Point is designed to be utility ready and includes the bevat suns Virtual Power Plant (VPP) platform that enables: Florida Power and Light (FPL) to manage community-generated backup power as needed. In addition to integrating with utility control software to provide network services such as demand response and overcapacity for load management, stored solar energy can also be used to power lighting in community common areas.
“Our adoption of the solar ecoLinx makes Hunters Point homes more energy efficient,” said Pearl Homes founder. Marshall Gobuty. “It allows our buyers to automate the energy management of their home in the most modern way that suits the unique style and design of the Pearl Home.”
The sonnen ecoLinx can be optimized and managed by a mobile app for backup, peak periods and solar and to monitor energy on demand. “Between the sonnen mobile application and the Google Nest in-home temperature control automation, Hunters Point buyers will be able to enjoy a healthier, cleaner and unparalleled quality of life in the world’s first LEED NetZero community,” added Gobuty.
Pearl Homes Aims for NetZero Plus by Reaching the Highest USGBC’s LEED ranking in its housing construction in Florida and California. This is achieved by incorporating an energy-efficient design, using only sustainably oriented suppliers and building homes that run entirely on solar energy.
“Hunters Point is the first non-utility residential VPP ever established in Florida through the aggregation of individual solar systems that are combined with sonnen ecoLinx energy storage systems,” said Jim Spano, executive chairman of My-Resi, the leaders in energy resilience and virtual power plant development. “The inclusion of grid-connected sonnen ecoLinx systems provides Hunters Point residents with resilient backup power and better energy management, while also providing a shippable energy service platform to support grid stability when needed.”
In addition to the sonnen ecoLinx, every Pearl Home project is designed and built to be self-sufficient and environmentally friendly. The homes minimize waste and reduce environmental impact by incorporating WaterSense pipes and fixtures, while maintaining the specified GE’s EnergyStar devices require a minimum amount of power. Homeowners use Google Nest thermostats that manage and monitor their temperature to control their home’s air conditioning and heating for maximum comfort.
“Marshall and his team at Pearl Homes are at the forefront of NetZero, LEED-based housing,” said Blake Richetta, Chairman and CEO, sonnen. “From our initial discussions about Hunters Point to today, sonnen has been amazed at the forward thinking behind the Pearl Homes and their commitment to deliver the highest quality, energy efficient and eco-friendly homes on the market today. Our ecoLinx intelligent energy storage system is the ideal solution for a project like Hunters Point. It offers unique, industry-leading software capabilities to empower homeowners to take control of their own energy use and manage backup power, while also providing critical energy services to the greater community and the local power grid. ”
When sales began last summer, Hunters Point was originally planned to consist of 99 solar and storage units. And when the community was first announced pre-pandemic, the entire Hunters Point projects were expected to have 9 MWh of storage capacity and 7.2 MW of solar power generation.