California to require all new homes to be built with solar panels

10 May, 2018, 14:29 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
  • California Set to Require Solar on New Homes

The standards also include requirements concerning ventilation and indoor air quality.

Making California homes more energy-efficient is part of a broader initiative to shrink the state's greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

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

California is on track to require solar panels on all new homes.

"Speaking for our local.area, we already have expensive issues; it costs more to build in coastal areas.in building fees, labor costs, property costs", Cromeenes said, as well as mandated "storm water run-off mitigation measures".

The California Energy Commission hopes the first-of-its-kind statewide requirement will be a boon for homeowners and the environment.

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. They thanked the commission for involving the building industry in the drafting process.

Regardless, the state estimates the proposed solar standards applying to most homes and many commercial structures could save California residents and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs over the next decade.

California Set to Require Solar on New Homes

The regulation is the culmination of 10 years' worth of consultations between state regulators and industry groups such as California Building Industry Association, which apparently deemed the mandate inevitable and generally supported it in its final form.

Some critics, though, question the wisdom of the transition to solar at a time when California is struggling with a dire housing crisis and skyrocketing housing costs.

On the other hand, while advocates for the plan admit that the costs will drive more people out of the housing market, they insist the addition of solar power will end up saving homeowners in electric costs.

The California Energy Commission is posed to vote on the regulations Wednesday.

The final building code will be adopted in early to mid-2019 and become effective for all new homes and buildings receiving permits after January 1, 2020.

"I think there are indeed limited political resources that can be mustered against climate change", Borenstein said in a follow-up email.

More: World's largest solar battery? Other cities like New Jersey and Minnesota also have convinced with the use of solar panels, but have not received much success as compared to the mandate of San Francisco.

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