A groundbreaking ceremony and start of construction are scheduled Saturday for an 11-home development to be built by Habitat for Humanity and Sempra Energy in Escondido over the next year and a half.

The planned 1,300-square-foot homes will feature three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Construction of the energy-efficient houses is expected to be complete by September 2015, according to Habitat for Humanity.

The organization said one of the homes will be occupied by a wounded veteran and his family.

Volunteers with Sempra, the corporate owner of San Diego Gas & Electric and the Southern California Gas Co., will help complete the first house in June. Also in June, they plan to perform energy upgrades and exterior repairs at 35 homes in the surrounding neighborhood.

Habitat for Humanity said Sempra has contributed around $200,000 toward the project.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.