Mandatory solar panels possible for new Californian homes?

09 May, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Grady King
  • California to become first US state mandating solar on new homes

It means that future homes would be created to meet standards that could theoretically produce enough solar power and remain off the grid. This plan would further expand solar opportunity in our state by including solar in new home construction when installation and financing costs are both at their lowest. Buildings with roofs that are too undersized for standard solar systems are debarred from the projected standards.

California might become the first state in the U.S.to require new homes to be built with solar panels, which could hike prices for consumers.

"We would prefer that the standards be held out another three to six years", said California Building Industry Association's senior engineer, Bob Raymer. If they are approved, as is expected, installations for solar panels in new homes will soar. "No other state in the nation mandates solar, we are about to take that leap".

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"Solar accounts for about $14,000 to $16,000 of that cost, with increased insulation and more efficient windows, appliances, lighting and heating accounting for another $10,000 to $15,000", the Orange County Register notes.

The new plan will save homeowners $50,000 to $60,000 in operating cost over a 25-year period.

Officials are saying there are exceptions built into the mandate, but will they be enough?

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Gill works with locally owned and operated Nova West Solar and says it's no coincidence their massive new facility is set to open within months of this landmark decision. "Why not just pause for a little while, focus on the affordability and housing issues, then circle back?"

"The technology is developing so fast, we think the timeline was a bit slow", said Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra Club California. This would apply once the private home's current energy needs were met. They're never going to reach that net-zero goal. And it fails to address the state's ultimate goal of curbing global warming.

The North American "Golden State" is already a leading proponent of renewable energy, not just in the United States, but around the world. Will the last person to leave California please turn off the lights? "Their cash-flow position will be improved with the addition of solar".

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