California moves toward solar panel requirement

California homes may soon be equipped with solar panels

The decision has its detractors among some business associations that have focused on the estimated $9,500 cost per building the requirement will add, in part to cover the Trump administration's tariff on solar panels.

The environmental costs saved are perhaps even more significant, the NRDC said. He called the proposed changes "a quantum leap in statewide building standards". "No other state in the nation will have anything close to this, and you can bet 49 other states will be watching to see what happens here in California".

Some critics, though, question the wisdom of the transition to solar at a time when California is struggling with a dire housing crisis and skyrocketing housing costs. In some counties, such as San Mateo and Santa Clara, the median home price has exceeded $1.4 million.

The California Energy Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to adopt new energy efficiency standards, which would make the panels a requirement.

The Energy Commission's plan is less ambitious.

Waldman put the cost of solar panels at between $10,000 and $20,000. But they're still connected to the grid - and the costs of maintaining that grid don't go down.

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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%!

The new codes also encouragebuilders to install energy storage systems such as home battery systems like the famed Tesla Powerwall, or heat pump water heating. Exceptions would be made for smaller houses and for shade-covered roofs, whose owners could substitute other energy efficiency measures.

About SEIA®: Celebrating its 44 anniversary in 2018, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the US solar energy industry, which now employs more than 260,000 Americans. Local authorities have relied on renewable energy by 2020 will come from them 50% is necessary for the state electricity. "But this is a precedent-setting policy, one that will bring enormous benefits and cost savings to consumers".

"Better insulation and windows required by the 2020 code, combined with solar panels, will reduce energy use in single-family homes by a whopping 53 percent compared to current code", the NRDC says.

California has pushed for more electric vehicles on the roads and fewer emissions from residential and commercial buildings, positioning itself as the nationwide leader on clean energy, pushing.

But the researchers noted a bright spot - the state's greenhouse gas emissions are declining, despite a growing population.

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