California may require solar panels on new homes in 2020

California may require solar panels on new homes 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. There would also be increased requirements related to ventilation and indoor air quality. "We want to see the state focus directly on greenhouse gas emissions".

"This will be nothing short of historic for our state and for our country", said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar & Storage Association, an industry group. The California Building Standards Commission still needs to approve the change, and that hearing is scheduled for the end of this year.

On Wednesday, the California Energy Commission voted unanimously on new building regulations for virtually every new home that is built in the state. Last year, the California Association of Realtors released a report saying that about 70 percent of the state couldn't afford the median home price of more than $550,000. The vote will be carried out by The California Energy Commission.

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The rule will take effect in January 2020. As per the new standard, all the new homes, apartments having up to 3-stories buildings, and the condos will have to install the solar panels compulsory.

Around 15,000 new homes are built each year that include solar panels, according to the CEC.

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.

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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. But how quickly the investment yields returns depends on a whole host of factors, including how big your solar panels are, the price of energy where you live, and how much sun you get.

She noted in an interview that deploying solar as part of the home building process will normalize the technology for tens of thousands of families, in a positive way. There are 250,000 solar jobs nationwide, with most employees involved with the installation of new systems. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy.

Because of such policies, the most populous US state has frequently been at odds with President Donald Trump's aggressive rollback of policies to combat climate change.

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California has long led the nation's battle against climate change and has adopted tough regulations to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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