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Zero Energy Ready Home Program Certification Requirements for Photovoltaic and Solar Water Heating Systems

DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (Revision 07)

Exhibit 1, Item 7) Provisions of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home PV-Ready Checklist (Revision 07) are Completed.

DOE Zero Energy Ready Home National Program Requirements Mandatory Requirement 7 (Renewable Ready) shall be met by any home certified under the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program, only where all of the following conditions are met:

  1. Location, based on zip code has at least 5 kWh/m2/day average daily solar radiation based on annual solar insolation using PVWatts online tool, AND;
  2. Location does not have significant natural shading (e.g., trees, tall buildings on the south-facing roof, AND;
  3. Home as designed has adequate free roof area within +/-45° of true south as noted in the table below. 

DOE recommends but does not require solar thermal water systems. See the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Solar Hot Water-Ready Checklist (Encouraged)

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  1. Author(s): U.S. Department of Energy
    Organization(s): DOE
    Publication Date: May, 2019

    Standard requirements for DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home national program certification.

Last Updated: Thursday, August 8, 2019

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