Developer Building Neighborhood in Frisco Free from Electric Grid

Alan Scaia
September 12, 2018 - 12:25 pm
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Alan Scaia

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A developer in Frisco has started building a neighborhood that will be independent of the electric grid. He is building 22 homes that will be powered by solar panels hidden on the roof.

"What I love is that a lot of people think of this as an urban concept, something that belongs in Dallas," says Tanghongs. "But I find that people love having a bigger yard.

The homes will be about 3,600 square feet and big enough to support up to 70 solar panels. Tanghongs says they will generate enough electricity to sell energy back to the grid, even in the summer.

He says the homes will be priced between $400,000 and $800,000. Tanghongs says he has built individual homes in Dallas, but they cost more than $1 million.

"I love building homes for anybody who wants one of these, but the goal for the community was to get them all lined up in a row so we can get our cost efficiencies built in and lower the price," he says.

The neighborhood will be the first of its kind in the country.

"It gives us more recognition across the country," says Frisco Chamber of Commerce President Tony Felker. "As I always say, if you don't know where Frisco is, Dallas is our suburb, 30 miles to the south. I say that jokingly, but Frisco is becoming that sort of epicenter of everything that is going on."