found RISMEDIA, May 31, 2007-

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For eight communities in the Whitney Ranch residential development in Rocklin, California, outside Sacramento, an average of 1.9 homes have sold each month since 2006. A ninth community, Grupe Homes' Carsten Crossings, stands out with more than twice as many sales, or an average of 4.6 homes sold per month over the same time period.

Four miles down the road in West Roseville's West Park residential development, homes in Lennar Homes' Laureate, Wayfarer and Ironcrest communities are selling almost twice as fast as comparable homes in six neighboring West Park communities.

The homes at Carsten Crossings, Laureate, Wayfarer and Ironcrest include a SunPower SunTile(R) solar power system as a standard feature on every home. The SunTile system integrates into the roof construction and features efficient solar cells. Both Lennar and Grupe have also incorporated energy-efficient features into these homes, further reducing monthly home energy bills.

"Grupe and Lennar's home designs in these communities include the installation of high-performing solar power systems combined with high-quality energy efficiency features," said Bill Kelly, general manager, New Homes Division, for SunPower Corp., a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of high-efficiency, commercially available solar cells, solar panels, and solar systems. "This combination of solar technology and energy efficiency results in very low utility costs for the homeowner while improving home comfort. This is a great value for homeowners, and an investment by Grupe and Lennar towards cleaner air and a better environment."

"Home buyers value solar systems today because they can significantly reduce their electric bills and help lower greenhouse gas emissions," said Mark Fischer, senior vice president of The Grupe Company. "Families at Carsten Crossings are achieving an average of $120 per month in savings, and enjoy the satisfaction of generating their own clean, renewable energy."

"The SunPower solar power systems are well integrated into our homes' design and look great. They operate simply, requiring no effort by our customers to enjoy the monthly savings," said Jeff Panasiti, president of Lennar Homes' Sacramento division. "As a builder, including roof integrated solar in the homes' construction makes great sense. It should come as no surprise that these homes sell faster."

For more information, visit http://www.sunpowercorp.com.