KB Home (NYSE: KBH), one of the nation’s largest and most recognized homebuilders, today announced that it recently acquired land for two new solar home communities in east San Diego County. Model home construction at both La Mesa Meadows in La Mesa and Canton Hills in Lakeside is expected to begin in August, with grand openings scheduled for the fall. A special preview center for both communities is now open at the Grossmont Shopping Center in La Mesa. Home shoppers can get a sneak peek at the communities’ layout, floor plan offerings and design choices, and sign-up for a VIP interest list. “We’re very pleased to have secured these two prime parcels of land in one of the county’s most popular areas where there is a limited number of new home communities,” said Steve Ruffner, president of KB Home’s Southern California division. “In addition to offering home shoppers the chance to live in a truly ‘A’ location, they will also be getting the ultimate in value and choice in the form of a new Built to Order KB home with solar included.” Plans for La Mesa Meadows and Canton Hills come on the heels of a successful grand opening for KB Home’s Haciendas and Vistas at Rancho Santalina communities in San Marcos, which is also home to the builder’s first net-zero energy concept model home in San Diego County. La Mesa Meadows and Canton Hills will join over 20 KB Home communities in Southern California where solar power systems are included as a standard feature of all new homes. The 1.5 kW standard systems are expected to help homeowners save as much as 30% on their energy bills when compared to a typical resale home. La Mesa Meadows and Canton Hills both offer easy access to area freeways for commutes into downtown San Diego for work and play. San Diego’s beautiful coastline and beaches as well as plentiful shopping, dining and cultural attractions are all within a short drive. Canton Hills residents can enjoy entertainment and a variety of retail and dining at the nearby Santee Town Center.