California Will Require Solar Panels on New Homes Beginning in 2020

Fredrick Soto
May 10, 2018

Some builders say the costs could be more than twice that.

A spokesperson for the energy commission told Fox News that the "initial costs" will likely be off-set by long-term savings on energy and heating. Under the plan, builders who obtain construction permits issued on January 1, 2020 or later must comply. He called the proposed changes "a quantum leap in statewide building standards". They are unique Day4 flexible solar panels with all new redesigned structures and electrodes having the capacity to capture more light. In some counties, such as San Mateo and Santa Clara, the median home price has exceeded $1.4 million.

"The state's housing crisis is real", State Assemblyman Brian Dahle said.

San Francisco became the first major US city in 2017 to require builders to install solar panels on at least 15 percent of new homes and buildings. Raymer acknowledged that the ambitious plan will probably roll in with some "hiccups".

Waldman put the cost of solar panels at between $10,000 and $20,000. Some analysts claimed that while mortgage costs on a thirty-year loan could go up as much as $40 a month due to the solar requirements, owners may also save up to $80 a month on electric costs. Community-shared solar generation equipment will also be an option. Exceptions or alternatives will be allowed when homes are shaded by trees or buildings or when the home's roofs are too small to accommodate solar panels.

"California has been a leader in solar in the us for a long time and it's paid dividends both economically and to our environment here", said Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, a national trade association of manufacturers, developers and installers in the USA solar-energy industry.

"You can have a third party come in and install and maintain those solar panels", he says, "so they end up paying for themselves over time". "But this is a precedent-setting policy, one that will bring enormous benefits and cost savings to consumers".

California's housing department estimates that the state needs to build 180,000 new housing units annually to keep prices stable.

California has long led the nation's battle against climate change and has adopted tough regulations to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

"The goal is zero-emission buildings", she said".

The Sierra Club submitted a letter to the CEC this week, including 5,858 digital signatures from members and supporters, calling for the Commission to reduce the reliance on gas in the next building standards update, which takes place every three years.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER