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Winter 2016
A version of this article appears in the Winter 2016 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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November 13, 2016
Priscilla Garcia used to live in a gang-ridden neighborhood in Fresno, California, that, she says, was unsafe for her children. Now she lives 17 miles south of Fresno in Selma, California in an affordable housing complex called Valley View Homes. Valley View Homes is the largest Zero Net Energy (ZNE), single-family housing development in the United States. With the move, she adds, her kids can go outside, ride their bikes and play safely. And, she continues, “Before solar, my [utility] bills were over $100 a month for our apartment, and this is a house where I have more square footage. I only pay $10 a month...”

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