Powered by Solar Energy

Everything else on the planet is powered by Solar Energy, why not your home? If you want to go super green, we have Energy Performance Upgrade options available that can significantly lower, or even eliminate your energy costs.

All Mandalay homes are rated Zero Energy Ready. This means that our homes are built ready to take advantage of alternative energy. By adding a Solar System you can make your new home reach it’s full potential.

ZERO Energy Ready
50
HERS
50%
More Efficient
than homes built to Energy Star standard
Estimated savings on utility cost
$1,700yr / $142mo
Estimates based on average regional energy costs for a home of comparable size.

This is where every Mandalay Homes starts. 50% more energy efficient than Energy Star guidelines, saving the homeowner an estimated $1,700 a year on utility costs. But you don’t have to stop there.

Your new home is ready to take full advantage of the latest technology in Home Construction and Solar Systems. Our lower the HERS ratings means the fewer solar panels you need. And with the saving and incentives, your solar system will pay for itself sooner.

Performance Upgrades

M3x Performance
25
HERS
80%
More Efficient
than homes built to Energy Star standard
Estimated savings on utility cost
$2,440yr / $203mo
Estimates based on average regional energy costs for a home of comparable size.
Our M3x Performance package includes a 3kW Solar System engineered for 75-80% efficiency. The estimated savings on utility cost is $2,440 annually.
M4x Performance
0
HERS
100%
More Efficient
than homes built to Energy Star standard
Estimated savings on utility cost
100%yr / 100%mo
Estimates based on average regional energy costs for a home of comparable size.
Our M4x Performance package includes a 7kW Solar System engineered for 90-100% efficiency. With this upgrade you can virtually eliminate your annual utility costs.

FAQ About Solar Power

Solar panels do not require direct sunlight to generate electricity. Modern solar panels are designed to work in a wide variety of climates. Germany is the world leader in solar and they’re not exactly not known for their abundance of sunshine.

As for cold. An interesting fact is that electricity actually conducts better at lower temperatures. This goes of solar panels as well. Solar panels are more efficient when cooler. But even in hotter climates the variation is only about 1%.

Look at it this way, solar isn’t a purchase, it’s an investment. An investment with a guaranteed return of 5%-15% a year. As well, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development studies have shown that for every $1,000 that has been saved in annual electric costs, your home’s value rises $20,000.

Yes it’s true, installation of a solar system is not cheap. However you can offset much of the initial cost. Federal incentives combined with state incentives cover a minimum of 30%, and up to 85% of the system costs.

Actually no, not really. There are no moving parts to worry about. If installed properly, all you really need to do is hose or dust them off a couple times a year. Maybe three of you live in the desert. You’ll spend more time cleaning your rain gutters than you will your solar panels.

This is probably one of the biggest misconceptions about Solar Systems. Unless you are completely off the grid, batteries are not required.

Your solar panels produce power all day, even when nobody’s around to use it. All that extra electricity is fed back into the municipal grid to be used by others. You receive credits for your power contribution. Then at night (when your panels aren’t producing electricity) you use your earned credits to get power from your local provider.

You can invite whomever told you this over to your house during the next city-wide blackout to watch a movie.

There’s nothing more consistent and reliable than the sun. As well solar panels are extremely durable and reliable. In fact, you will find solar systems install on many vital public systems such as aircraft warning lights, railroad crossings, and navigation buoys.

While it’s true solar is not as widespread as it should be in the U.S., it is far from obscure. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, already gets over 6% of its electricity from solar. In 2012 China generated 100’s of billion kilowatt hours of electricity from solar.