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Calif. is first state to require solar panels on new homes

10 May 2018

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. The same official also acknowledged that adoption of the new standards is equivalent to a "quantum leap". It is the latest effort by the state to reduce carbon emissions, and if approved, it would be the first such mandate nationwide. How much this hurts other users is disputed, and varies by location, but California's energy commission says it could conceivably cost other ratepayers money.

"At this point, any new home or building constructed without solar power is a missed opportunity to capture clean energy from the sun and move California to a 100 percent clean energy future".

" 'We update energy codes every three years and in 2013 we required that all new homes be solar-ready, ' says spokeswoman April Beck".

The standards must still be approved by the state's Building Standards Commission, according to ABC7.

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Of course, adding a solar requirement to new homes will increase the cost of a new home in a state where cost of living is already high. But the California Building Industry Association, which supports the initiative, acknowledged that while the installation costs will be passed on to consumers as part of a home purchase, the cost will be offset by lowered energy costs over the term of a mortgage. There are some exceptions to the solar panel rule, such as homes that would be shaded by trees or buildings or when roofs are too small for the panels.

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.

It is expected that the owner will get the benefit of saving $50,000 to $60,000 in operating costs over 25 Years.

California has one of the most ambitious renewable energy mandates in the country, with a goal of sourcing half of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030. It goes into effect January 1, 2020, and includes all condominiums and apartment buildings up to three stories high.

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Homebuilders, which are responsible for complying with the new codes, will have optionality in how they comply with the new solar mandate, she added in an interview.

Rachel Golden, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club's My Generation clean energy campaign, said the plan is encouraging but that the focus must include reducing gas emissions from buildings.

"I think there are indeed limited political resources that can be mustered against climate change", Borenstein said in a follow-up email.

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Calif. is first state to require solar panels on new homes