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Would California solar mandate burn home buyers?

09 May 2018, 12:26 | Gerardo Harmon

Currently around one fifth of homes in California are built with solar capacity

Currently around one fifth of homes in California are built with solar capacity

Now that California made its move to make solar panels a requirement for all-new structures built after 2020, its next target could be more mandates created to gradually move closer to net-zero standards.

The California Energy Commission will vote on the new solar energy standard Wednesday, Southern California News Group reported.

The mandate affects all single-family and low-profile homes, condos and apartments that obtain building permits after January 1, 2020.

California is making a bold move to develop into a first state in the U.S. to make solar panels obligatory in homes constructed after 2020. The California Energy Commission is set to vote on the matter this week.

"Going to 100 percent is a really big, big jump", Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) told the Times.

There are expectations for example when a home has a large amount of shade due to having trees or buildings or when the roofs of the home are too small to hold a solar panel.

Andrew McAllister, a state energy commissioner, has pointed out that residential and commercial buildings are estimated to contribute roughly 40 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions.

Builders installing batteries like the Tesla Powerwall would get "compliance credits", allowing them to further reduce the size of the solar system. "No other state in the nation mandates solar, and we are about to take that leap".

Only 15 to 20 per cent of new single-family homes in California now have solar power installations. It also means that pretty much everyone will need to go to electric heating instead of other, environmentally friendly options like natural gas.

The new plan will save homeowners $50,000 to $60,000 in operating cost over a 25-year period.

While net-zero remains an admirable goal, getting there is not yet cost-effective, state officials and experts said.

"We're not building enough housing already", said Watt, former president of the Orange County Building Industry Association. Will the last person to leave California please turn off the lights?

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