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California Set to Require Solar Panels on New Homes

California Set to Require Solar Panels on New Homes

The California Energy Commission is to vote today on new energy standards that would make it a must for new homes built in the state to have solar panels from 2020.

"California is about to take a quantum leap in energy standards", Raymer said. This plan would further expand solar opportunity in our state by including solar in new home construction when installation and financing costs are both at their lowest. Newly-constructed commercial buildings will be projected to reach net zero energy by 2030.

The solar energy-powered homes would be backed up by the electrical grid, which would help power homes in the nighttime hours when there is no sun. A true zero-net-energy home rely on the energy gird during the night, they explain, a period when more generating plants are coming online using fossil fuel for power generation.

California will take a huge leap in its energy standards said one analyst as no other state in the country mandates solar and that will be done following the vote next week. There will be exceptions to this rule, of course.

New homes in California may soon be required to install solar panels and storage batteries.

Depending on the results of the voting process, which most people expect to rule in favor of green energy, everyone will see record numbers when it comes to the installation of solar panels. State officials say improved technology is making electric water heaters increasingly cost-effective. Solar accounts for about USD 14,000 to USD 16,000 of that cost, with increased insulation and more efficient windows, appliances, lighting, and heating accounting for another USD 10,000 to USD 15,000. However, most people have declined owing to their assumption that they are just bills that need to be paid. "If we pursue (zero net energy) as a comprehensive policy, we'd be making investments that would be somewhat out of touch with our long-term goals".

"It's kind of indicative of what California does first is that we look at these kind of ideas." says Balkar Gill with Nova West Solar. Will the last person to leave California please turn off the lights?


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