It's one thing to build zero-energy homes in the Sunbelt. It's another to do so in Milwaukee. But that's what this builder is doing. The Milwaukee Business Journal reports:

Pewaukee-based Tim O'Brien Homes will start home construction this fall within Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin, believed to be Wisconsin's first zero-energy neighborhood, according to the company.

The neighborhood consists of 34 home sites, of which less than 25 are still available. The builder is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the model home in the neighborhood on Friday, July 20.

All of the homes in the solar-powered community will be able to produce enough energy to offset the electric consumption of the home. The solar systems are designed and installed by SunVest Solar Inc., a company founded by Matt Neumann of Neumann Cos. in 2009.

Pewaukee-based Neumann Cos. broke ground on the neighborhood at the intersection of Grange Avenue and Sunnyslope Road in May of 2017. Tim O'Brien Homes recently paid $2.55 million to Neumann Cos. for some of the lots, according to a filing with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

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