Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

New California homes required to have solar panels

New California homes required to have solar panels New California homes required to have solar panels
Jodi Jackson | 10 May, 2018, 14:27

Today, as expected, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a new policy to require almost all new homes built in the state to incorporate solar beginning in January 2020.

About 117,000 new single-family homes and 48,000 multi-family units will be built in 2020, the commission estimates.

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.

About 117,000 new single-family homes and 48,000 multifamily units will be built in 2020, the commission estimates. According to the AP, the mandate still needs final approval from the state's Building Standards Commission, which will likely happen. In California's coastal communities, at least, research has found that the sharp rise in housing costs is mostly driven by rising land costs, said Issi Romem, chief economist at BuildZoom, a permit and contractor data analysis website.

The approved requirement is expected to give a strong lift to California's already hot solar market. "We're excited because [the new building standards] continue to help California move towards more renewable energy", Pierre Delforge, director of energy efficiency, energy, and transportation for the National Resource Defense Council says, noting that the new code also includes regulations for doors, windows, and insulation that will help reduce carbon emissions.

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

Solar panels on new subdivisions and buildings could also spread adoption on existing homes - with neighbors and friends talking about home solar systems, she said. The commission's analysis says the solar panel mandate will have "notably less impact on the housing market than 4-6 months of normal median family home price inflation".

A study by online real estate platform Zillow found starter homes advertising a solar energy system sold for 40 percent more than comparable homes without sun power. It goes into effect January 1, 2020, and includes all condominiums and apartment buildings up to three stories high.

Backers claim the solar rules are necessary to comply with the state's stringent renewable energy mandate, which requires utilities to derive at least 50 percent of its electricity from clean sources by 2030. Gov.

But this feel-good change to the building code is a questionable public policy for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. "[In] California, we do believe in climate change, we do believe in facts ..."

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