KB Home and SunPower Corporation have come together to attend a special event in Lancaster, California, to celebrate hitting the 1,000 solar home milestone.

The two companies have been working together to construct new green homes. In just over a year and a half, KB Home has built more than 1,000 new homes which incorporate SunPower’s PV systems, 200 of which are located in Lancaster. In total, these homeowners are expected to save a combined US$1 million annually in electricity costs.

As part of the celebrations, KB Home and SunPower surprised one new homeowner in the Dorado Skies community with a free upgrade of their PV system. Dorado Skies is KB Home’s newest community in Southern California where SunPower solar systems are included as a standard feature of every home built.

Jeffrey Mezger, KB Home’s President and CEO said: "Completing our 1,000th solar powered home is an important milestone for KB Home. Less than two years ago, we made building solar powered homes a priority because of the value they provide to our homeowners in terms of energy and cost savings.

"Now, thanks to our relationship with SunPower and with our commitment to energy efficiency and lowering the total costs of homeownership, at nearly 40 KB Home communities in Southern California we have completed, or are offering, homes with solar power systems included as a standard feature."

KB Home's activities are not restricted to California. It also builds homes in Texas and Colorado where SunPower systems are available as an option.