California to require solar panels on all new homes

California to require solar panels on all new homes

A report commissioned by the state found that the requirement will have an average upfront cost of $9,365. There would also be increased requirements related to ventilation and indoor air quality. They are collectively expected to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions by 700,000 metric tons over three years, a level equal to taking 115,000 cars off the road, according to state officials. The commission estimates that 117,000 single family homes and 48,000 multi-family units will be constructed in California in 2020.

"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 mandate, approved 5-to-0 by the California Energy Commission, is part of the state's 2019 update of energy efficiency standards and ongoing efforts to help reduce greenhouse gases.

California will now require solar panels on most new homes, extending the state's role in pushing some of the strictest environmental regulations in the United States.

Some conservatives were not so enthusiastic, noting that the state already has some of the nation's most expensive housing markets.

The rule will go into effect on January 1, 2020, and does not need to be approved by the Legislature or the California Public Utilities Commission. "Until we tackle that problem, doing things like requiring solar panels on new construction is a band aid, ' he said".

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They calculate that a 30-year mortgage would face an increase of about $40 in average monthly payments, but residents would save $80 dollars on heating, cooling and lighting bills every month. The rules, which would also apply to new multifamily buildings of three stories or less, don't need the approval of the Legislature.

The requirements are likely to add almost $9,500 to the construction cost per home as state officials have declared a housing crisis. But as per the expert's view, this extra investment done while building new homes will be recovered as there will be saving on energy bills for a lifetime.

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.

Already, the news has been a boon for solar developers such as Sunrun, Vivint Solar and First Solar. Exceptions are made for homes with roofs that would receive excessive shade during the daytime or homes with roofs too small to benefit from a few solar panels. But it would ultimately save a homeowner about $19,000 over the span of 30 years.

California has set a goal of all residential buildings being 'zero net energy, ' meaning they produce as much energy as they consume.

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