State poised to be to mandate solar on new homes

09 May, 2018, 06:25 | Author: Becky Perry
  • California to become first US state mandating solar on new homes

The California Energy Commission will vote on a plan Wednesday called as California's new energy mandate which will require solar panels to be built virtually into every new home, condos, and apartment buildings from 2020 onward. It would make California the first state in the country to require solar panels on homes, according to the CEC. And before that in 2016, California broke a solar record by producing enough solar energy to generate over 6 million homes, which is twice as much as the state was producing two years previously. But Herro said that $25,000-$30,000 should result in $50,000-$60,000 in the owner's reduced operating costs over the 25-year life of the home's solar panel system.

"We do not minimize the cost of housing in the state - everyone recognizes that's an issue", McAllister said. China finished 2017 with 130 GW worth of solar, Japan has 48.6 GW, and the United States (including California) has 41.1 GW.

While solar installations are not yet mandatory in Australia, supporters want a regulatory framework which gives control back to home owners.

California, the national leader in solar technology, is about to kick it up a notch with a major new green energy mandate.

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Officials are saying there are exceptions built into the mandate, but will they be enough? Solar accounts for about USD 14,000 to USD 16,000 of that cost, with increased insulation and more efficient windows, appliances, lighting, and heating accounting for another USD 10,000 to USD 15,000. "If we pursue (zero net energy) as a comprehensive policy, we'd be making investments that would be somewhat out of touch with our long-term goals".

Pierre Delforge, energy efficiency program director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told the News Group that the proposed update was "another important step toward the environmentally-friendly, healthy and affordable home of the future".

The commission added that the solar panels could save $80 a month in electricity.

Some California cities, including San Francisco, San Mateo and Lancaster, already have similar ordinances in place.

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