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Photo Friday: A living laboratory for net-zero homes (California)

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This picture is of the user interface screen of the home’s energy management system in the new Honda Smart Home in California. Located in the West Village at the University of California, Davis, this 1,922 square foot home includes a 9.5 kW rooftop solar panel array and an electric vehicle with 10 kWh of battery storage, two key components in facilitating net-zero (or even net-negative) electricity consumption from the electricity grid.

Photo credit: Honda/UC Davis – used with permission.

Melissa C. Lott About the Author: An engineer and researcher who works at the intersection of energy, environment, technology, and policy. Follow on Twitter @mclott.

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