California becomes first state requiring all new homes be built with solar

Marcus Newton
May 10, 2018

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In the long-term, building more homes - soon with solar panels - could drive down living costs in the Golden State.

"Adoption of these standards represents a quantum leap in statewide building standards", said Robert Raymer, technical director for the California Building Industry Association.

California just became the first state in the country to require all new homes to be built with rooftop solar panels.

The changes, which would go into effect in 2020, update the building code to require all new homes be equipped with the renewable energy technology.

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Few industry groups outwardly oppose the plan after working for years with the commission to shape the regulations.

The Sunshine State's solar demand slowed up a bit a year ago with excess renewable power being generated. Over all, at the current rate of home building, the new requirement will increase the annual number of rooftop solar installations by 44 percent. The California Energy Commission hearing room was packed full on Wednesday as the commission voted unanimously in favor of the proposed rule. They would still have to draw some of their electricity from the power grid.

Republican legislative leaders said Californians can't afford to pay more for housing in the state's already extremely expensive market. Installing storage batteries or allowing community-shared solar generation are available options. 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.

The California Energy Commission estimates that the average single-family homeowner soaking up solar would almost double their investment in long-term energy bill savings, raking in more than $19,000 in energy costs over a 30 year period, as Reuters reported.

'This is not a radical departure - it's a step in the right direction to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and improve our air, which for many, many decades California has been doing better and better each time'.

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