MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new Habitat for Humanity house in north Minneapolis is the group's first "Net Zero" house, built to use solar energy for heating, cooling and hot water.
A Minnesota Public Radio report (http://bit.ly/1cC5SXw ) says the house was designed by University of Minnesota architecture students. It's part of a larger project that aims to build 100 energy-efficient, eco-friendly homes within five years.
Habitat for Humanity spokesman Matt Haugen says the house cost $213,000 to build. The more typical Habitat house next door cost $160,000.
The home was designed to generate at least as much energy as it uses. It's taller and its roof is steep, giving the solar panels better access to sunlight.
Sarah Olson says she was in tears when she and her family moved in this month.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org