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Each of the 148 homes at the Hunter's Point community in the fishing village of Cortez in Manatee County, Florida will be equipped with rooftop solar PV, a sonnen battery energy storage system, smart thermostats and EV chargers, all of which will be controlled by sonnen's new, AI-based energy automation software platform, according to a news release. 

This isn't Sonnen's first foray into carbon-free home and community building -- the first sonnen eco-community is in Arizona. Billing Hunters Point as "Net-Zero-Plus" in terms of carbon-based energy usage and "Climate-Positive" in terms of its climate change impacts, it is the first fruit of sonnen's partnership with Pearl Homes, however. 

It's also the first time sonnen is integrating a sonnenCommunity energy storage syste with Google Home in a master-planned development, management highlights. 

Initial tests on homes already built revealed that they were producing 96 percent of their own power needs, the goal being to be fully net-zero in terms of carbon emissions. 

In total, the Hunter's Point sonnenCommunity will have 7.2 MW of solar power generation and 9 MWh of energy storage capacity. 

Pearl Homes and sonnen intend to develop a second eco-community consisting of 720 rental apartments once Hunter's Point is completed. According to sonnen: "It will be the first net-zero rental community of this size, with cost-affordable pricing designed to provide people of varying income levels with the opportunity to live in a greener residence." 


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