At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland, 3 beautiful new "Green" homes are being built, that no one can live in. Instead, the homes will serve as a testing facilities for green and fire-safe building practices. Dubbed a "Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility," they are to generate more power than they consume. This is done through the solar energy modules, energy efficient appliances, and lighting. A computer will control the homes, and attempt to simulate if people actually lived in the homes.
Across the rooftops of the same campus, 2,500 new solar modules are being installed. Potentially producing 700 mega-watts per year, enough for 67 homes, NIST hopes to get a better understanding of what to expect from photovoltaic modules and arrays.
I'd volunteer to live in those homes, in the name of science, of course.
pic, Net-Zero Energy House, via Building Science Corporation for NIST