With the rising cost of energy, many homeowners and now homebuilders are considering other options for heating and cooling homes.
Solar power has always seemed a great idea, but the high cost of installation has been an impediment to its widespread use. Increased electric rates, tied in part to the higher cost of oil and gas, has brought the costs of solar installation more into line with traditional energy options. Add to that the tax incentives offered in some areas and solar becomes a cost effective choice to lower energy costs.
In Florida (quite sensibly in what is called the Sunshine State) there is at least one luxury homebuilder offering solar power as an upgrade option.