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California may require solar panels on all new homes

ImageAn array of solar panels in Oakland Calif. Solar power provides almost 16 percent of the state’s ImageAn array of solar panels in Oakland Calif. Solar power provides almost 16 percent of the state’s
Scott Davis | 10 May, 2018, 14:28

California on Wednesday moved to require solar panels on all new homes and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020.

The proposed new requirements would add an estimated $8,400 to $12,400 to the current cost of building a home, depending where in the state it's located, Raymer said.

The standards also include some smaller efficiency requirements for non-residential buildings. It represents the state's latest step to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

"This is an undeniably historic decision for the state and the US", said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade association with about 1,000 member companies.

New home builds account for about one percent of the state's total residences per year, according to Delforge, so don't expect to see swaths of solar panels popping up on roofs across the state just yet.

But Republican legislative leaders argue Californians can not afford to pay any more for housing in what is already an extremely expensive market.

Overall, home listings in California were by far the most likely to mention green energy features.




Any new requirement like this was always going to increase the cost of construction, but the long-term benefits of a solar PV installation will well and truly offset those costs.

Furthermore, the CEC estimates that for residential homeowners, the standards could add an additional $40 to an average monthly payment (based on a 30-year mortgage).

The California Energy Commission determined that installing a solar power system and complying with other new measures will add $9,500 to the cost of a new home, Bloomberg reported. A National Association of Realtors survey for the fourth quarter of 2017 listed four California markets among the nation's five most expensive.

California has a mandate for new homes to be "Net Zero Energy" - meaning they produce more energy than they consume - by 2020, and for all homes to be Net Zero by 2030. On the other hand, self-produced energy saves owners approximately $50,000 to $60,000 in operating costs over the solar technology's expected 25-year run.

The Energy Commissioners is taking a significant step to continue its push for lowering greenhouse gas emissions - using the sun as its saver. They are unique Day4 flexible solar panels with all new redesigned structures and electrodes having the capacity to capture more light.

"By adopting this policy we can expand solar power throughout California, which is more crucial than ever as Donald Trump and the federal administration try to reverse all the progress we have made to combat climate change", said Wiener in a statement.

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