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BEST-L August 2007

Subject:

Re: solar + energy efficient homes sell at twice the rate as conventional homes

From:

"Humphrey,Stephen R" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Humphrey,Stephen R

Date:

Thu, 9 Aug 2007 09:49:24 -0400

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text/plain (118 lines) , pr_newswire_logo.gif (118 lines)

A few replied saying they could not connect to this link (perhaps
because it wrapped in my message).  Here is the text.  Apologies for
double posting.  
 

Dr. Stephen R. Humphrey, Director of Academic Programs, 
School of Natural Resources and Environment, 
Box 116455, 103 Black Hall, University of Florida 
Gainesville, FL  32611-6455  USA 
Tel. 352-392-9230, Fax 352-392-9748 
http://snre.ufl.edu <http://snre.ufl.edu/>  

Meritage Homes' 'Zero Energy' New Home Community Combines Solar Power
and Energy Efficiency
  
SunPower Solar Electric Power Systems Included as Standard Feature
August 07, 2007: 08:00 AM EST


VACAVILLE, Calif., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Meritage Homes has
opened a new home community in Vacaville, Calif. that features solar
electric power systems from SunPower Corporation as a standard feature.
The homes are also built to exceed State and Federal energy efficiency
standards by 35 percent or more. Meritage expects that the solar power
systems, combined with the energy efficient features, will save
homeowners up to 70 percent on their electric utility bills.

Each of the 45 homes in the new Encore Community will be equipped with a
2.3-kilowatt SunPower SunTile(R) system, which blends seamlessly into
the roof and features the most efficient solar technology available on
the market.

"Recent builder sales data has indicated that new homes equipped with
the SunPower SunTiles system are selling at approximately twice the rate
as comparable homes in the same neighborhoods," said Bill Kelly, general
manager of the New Homes Division at SunPower, a Silicon Valley-based
manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar
systems. "Energy prices have risen dramatically over the years. Meritage
has recognized that combining high quality, energy-efficient features
with solar power systems will result in substantial savings for
homeowners."

To maximize energy efficiency in their homes, Meritage has included
energy-saving windows and insulation, high-efficiency appliances, attic
radiant barriers, low-leakage duct work, and tankless water heaters,
among other features. Meritage's Encore homes meet or exceed the energy
efficiency requirements of several state and federal initiatives,
including:

    --  the California Energy Commissions' New Homes Solar Partnership,
    --  the US Environmental Protection Agency's and US Department of
Energy's
        Energy Star program, and
    --  Building America's Zero-Energy Homes program, which is sponsored
by
        the US Department of Energy.


"We're very pleased to be offering these zero-energy homes in the
Vacaville area," said Jeff Jacobs, vice president of Meritage Homes'
Northern California/Bay Area Division. "Encore homeowners will benefit
from both substantially reduced utility bills and the satisfaction that
they are helping to improve the environment by using clean, renewable
energy."

About Meritage Homes

Named to the Forbes Platinum 400 list for the fourth consecutive year,
Meritage Homes operates in rapidly growing states of the South and West,
including six of the top ten housing markets in the country. Meritage
has a proven record of success throughout its history, and has enjoyed
impressive growth since becoming a publicly traded homebuilder. In
Northern California, Meritage offers homes in the San Francisco Bay Area
and Central Valley. Visit http://www.meritagehomes-ca.com for more
information.

About SunPower

SunPower Corporation designs, manufactures and delivers high-performance
solar electric systems worldwide for residential, commercial and
utility-scale power plant customers. SunPower high-efficiency solar
cells and solar panels generate up to 50 percent more power than
conventional solar technologies and have a uniquely attractive,
all-black appearance. With headquarters in San Jose, Calif., SunPower
has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information,
visit http://www.sunpowercorp.com. SunPower is a majority-owned
subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. .

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and as defined in the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are
statements that do not represent historical facts. We use words such as
"will," "expect," and similar expressions to identify forward-looking
statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include,
but are not limited to, our plans and expectations regarding reduced
electric utility bills for homeowners. Such statements are based on our
current expectations as of the date of the release, which could change
or not materialize as expected. Actual results may differ materially due
to a variety of uncertainties and risk factors, including but not
limited to risks associated with homeowners' unique energy consumption
rates, utility service rates, and other risks described in our Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, our Quarterly
Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 1, 2007, and other
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should also
carefully review reports that we file with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, including without limitation such Form 10-K and Form 10-Qs.
Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update any such
forward-looking statements.

SunPower is a registered trademark of SunPower Corp. Cypress is a
registered trademark of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other trademarks
are the property of their respective owners.


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