Mandatory solar panels on deck for California

California to become first US state mandating solar on new homes

California First State Mandating New Homes Have Solar Panels

The mandate would make California the first state to require solar energy. Looking more closely at the mandate in question, it becomes clear that all simple three-story and single-family homes, apartments, and condominiums are needed to meet the new building permit standard.

Developers will have to include mandatory solar panels in Californian homes if new building regulations are passed this week.

Even so, this could change the landscape for both California's energy and the market as a whole.

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

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Depending on the outcome of the electoral process, most of which expect them to opt for green energy, anyone will see record numbers in installing solar panels.

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. "No other state in the nation mandates solar, and we are about to take that leap". It will encourage more electric use or even all-electric homes to reduce natural gas consumption. State officials say improved technology is making electric water heaters increasingly cost-effective. If they are approved, as is expected, installations for solar panels in new homes will soar. 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.

But because new homeowners may soon be forced to buy solar panels and batteries, the cost of building a new home is expected to rise by US$25,000 to $30,000. However, most people reportedly declined due to their presumption that it is just added bills to pay. They're never going to reach that net-zero goal.

"It was our small part that we had an option to do toward sustainability in some way", said Sam Rash of Fremont. "Why not just pause for a little while, focus on the affordability and housing issues, then circle back?"

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