Tucson Electric Power is donating photovoltaic panels and a solar water heating system to a house being built in Tucson by ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” program.

The Foothills-area house will be a TEP Guarantee Home, built to maximize energy efficiency, a release said.

Because the show aims to rebuild an entire home in just seven days, TEP Guarantee Home inspectors have been available around the clock to ensure the program’s exacting standards are met throughout the construction process.

“Our partnership with ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ offers a great opportunity to promote the environmental benefits of energy conservation and renewable power,” said Philip J. Dion, vice president of legal and environmental services for TEP and its parent company, UniSource Energy.

The combined energy output of the 6-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic system and the solar water heater would just about cover the annual electric needs of a typical Tucson home, the release said. The home will have a custom airflow design, tight insulation and other features that promote energy efficiency.

“The energy efficient features of TEP Guarantee Homes can help homeowners make the most of their solar power systems,” Dion said. “It’s a powerful combination that can significantly reduce energy costs while providing real benefits for our environment.”

TEP’s SunShare program provides rebates of up to $3,000 per kW of installed DC-rated capacity to help reduce the up-front cost of solar energy systems like the 6-kW array featured in the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” project. TEP also offers rebates of up to $1,750 for solar water heaters. For more information, visit the “Green Energy” section of tep.com.

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