Cal Energy Commission Makes Solar Standard
On May 9, 2018, the California Energy Commission voted to require solar panels for all new homes built in the Golden State. This new standard will require builders to include solar panels on all new houses, condominiums, and apartment complexes with 3 or fewer stories after January 1, 2020.
Until the commission voted this past Wednesday, less than 20 percent of new homes in California were built to operate on solar power. This new regulation is expected to propel the state to “take a quantum leap in energy standards,” according to Bob Raymer of the California Building Industry Association.
Many praise this move as a step in the right direction when it comes to reducing the environmental impact of individual homes’ natural gas and electricity consumption and broadening solar dependence statewide.
However, some are complaining that the measure will cause the cost of new homes to skyrocket. While the new solar standard will, indeed, increase construction costs of each new home by approximately $30,000, homeowners can expect to save more than $60,000 in energy costs during the life of their solar energy system.
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