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Advantages of Solar Powered Homes: An Interview with Javier Cabrera of NetSolar Construction LLC

By Javier Cabrera

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

NetSolar was founded in March 2011 as a construction company dedicated to building energy efficient homes, specializing in Custom to Semi-custom Homes utilizing the latest technologies in the industry.

What is your company's mission?

To set the standard in energy efficient homes and become the leading construction company in the Southwest recognized for our unmatched designs, quality and green building practices.

What are some of the services your company provides?

  • Residential Designs
  • Homebuilding
  • Solar Panel Installation
  • Green Building

In recent years, do you believe the demand for solar powered homes has increased, decreased, or stayed the same? And why do you believe that happened?

I believe the demand has increased because buyers are more educated in energy efficiency and they have seen or heard about the benefits from all the other people who has a solar powered home.

Can you please explain the general concept behind solar power?

The solar panels in the homes we build are just one part of a bigger system, our homes are built to LEED Platinum standards and are the most energy efficient homes in Southern New Mexico and west Texas. We have reached LEED Platinum certification in all of our homes built so far and by including just a small system of solar panels we completely eliminate the electric bills so homeowners can afford a better home and secure their expenses. But we don't stop just at eliminating the electric bills, our homes are also watersense certified, utilizing less water than your typical home with better, more efficient faucets and water heaters, we also have an indoor air quality level engineered to the highest standards, so all together our homes are healthier to live in and with a much lower cost to operate, this is what we do at NetSolar Homes.

How many solar panels does a house require in order for them to be effective?

Depending on the size of our homes we typically use only eight solar panels for homes up to 2000 sq. ft. of heated area and twelve solar panels for our homes between 2000 to 3000 sq. ft.

What are some disadvantages related to solar panels?

Some typical disadvantages of solar panels are usually that you can see them on your roof and some people don't like them and that they also require a big investment. But in our case, since our homes are designed from the beginning to include solar panels we use low profile mounting systems and by placing them properly you can not see the panels from the street in any of our homes. We also include our homes with the panels at a very low price and with the advantage to include it in your mortgage, so this way the financing part is already taken care of in the purchase of any new home.

What is the best way for people to reach you and or your company?

Our telephone numbers are (575) 323-1112 and (575) 323-1536 and our email address is info@netsolarllc.com people can also reach us on Facebook at facebook.com/NetSolar and on our website www.netsolarllc.com.

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