California proposal may require new homes to come with solar panels

California proposal may require new homes to come with solar panels

California proposal may require new homes to come with solar panels

Short of a surprise rejection at the Energy Commission's May 9th vote, this will make California the first state to have a solar panel requirement.

Structures built in the shade and offsets will not be the part of this mandate, while they will be equipped with batteries like the Tesla Powerwall for other energy-saving measures. In fact, he added more panels to his roof than was required by the builder.

"California is about to make a quantum leap in energy standards", said Bob Raymer, California Building Industry Association's technical director.

Provisions encourage more use of electric and reduce consumption of natural gas. For the past seven years, solar energy has been optional for new homes being built in the state.

Residents in California could be seeing a lot more homes installed with solar panels within the next couple of years. "If we pursue (zero net energy) as a comprehensive policy, we'd be making investments that would be somewhat out of touch with our long-term goals".

While this will definitely end up increasing construction costs - by as much as between $25,000 to $30,000, according to some reports - estimates that the solar installations could save owners between $50,000 and $60,000 over the life of the solar PV installation.

"We do not minimize the cost of housing in the state - everyone recognizes that's an issue", McAllister said.

The mandate dates back to 2007 when the state energy commission adopted the goal of making homebuilding so efficient "newly constructed buildings can be net zero energy by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings".

The North American "Golden State" is already a leading proponent of renewable energy, not just in the United States, but around the world.

While environmentalists don't think California is being aggressive enough, homebuilders point out that mandates like this just make it harder for Californians to buy a home. Some gas-powered generating plants then are fired up to help meet that additional load, boosting carbon emissions. "Their cash-flow position will be improved with the addition of solar".

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