The Net Zero Home Almost Complete!The solar panels are up on Genesis Homes’ Net Zero House, which is scheduled to be completed within the next few weeks.

“We’re waiting on cabinets, landscaping, and a few other items, but the finish line is definitely in sight,” Chris Baddorf, President of Carolina Green Builders and the home’s contractor, said.

Net Zero Home – May 2015It’s hard to believe that was an overgrown lot just a few months ago now showcases a beautiful and innovative home.

The Net Zero Home can easily be seen on top of the hill right behind Sherwin Williams and Henry’s Smokehouse on Wade Hampton Boulevard.

Its solar panels are prominently on display from the road and will help future inhabitants save tremendously on their energy costs. During the day, the panels will generate a surplus of electricity, with the excess energy sold back to the grid. During the evening when solar panels are ineffective, the home will use standard electricity. Once complete, the home is expected to produce as much electricity as it consumes, resulting in a “net zero” in energy use.

Over the next few weeks, the Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN) will appoint a deserving family to move into the Net Zero House. The home’s solar panels will help the family save tremendously on their monthly energy costs as they continue to get on their feet.

“We’re incredibly thankful for GAIHN, Carolina Green Builders, GBS Building Supply and all of the partners that have contributed to this project,” Jim Childress, Executive Director of Genesis Homes, said. “The community has really rallied around us as we work to complete what we see as an innovative home for the future.”

To contribute to the project or to learn more about the Net Zero Home, visit NetZeroGreenville.com or GenesisHomesSC.org.