Solar Panels May Be Required On New California Homes
10 May, 2018, 14:27 | Author: Teresa Adams
The California Energy Commission approved new building standards that include the solar panel requirement for all new residential buildings under construction as of January 1, 2020.
The commission estimates they would add an average $10,500 in construction costs for a single-family home but generate about $16,000 in energy savings.
In addition, new ventilation requirements will apply to new homes and healthcare facilities.
The CEC estimates the move will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 700,000 metric tons over the course of three years. Currently, solar is included on just 15 percent to 20 percent of new single-family homes, said Bob Raymer, technical director for the California Building Industry Association.
"Under these new standards, buildings will perform better than ever, at the same time they contribute to a reliable grid", said Commissioner Andrew McAllister, the Energy Commission's lead on energy efficiency.
The California Energy Commission on Wednesday approved a requirement for solar panels on new homes starting in 2020. 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 measures will protect residents from air pollution originating from outdoor and indoor sources, according to the California Energy Commission.
This historic revision of building energy codes ensures a large investment in residential rooftop solar and energy efficiency as California pursues its mandate of getting 50% of its energy from renewables by 2030.
The law will cover houses, condos, and apartment buildings up to three stories high. That means homeowners with the rooftop solar systems will be able to capture cheap electricity during the middle of the day and to keep that power onsite for evening hours when rates tend to go up.
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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.
Vivint Solar, one of the United States leading residential solar providers, also praised the efforts, congratulating "the state of California for building the foundation to adopt a forward-thinking approach to its renewable energy initiatives". Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
Many experts believe that, if the United States to more actively develop solar and wind energy in the coming years, the country would need for the population to electricity at 80%! 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.
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