May 10, 2018
The California Energy Commission unanimously approved a new building standard that will require all new homes and low-rise multifamily buildings to have solar panels starting in 2020. If approved by the state’s Building Standards Commission, the move would be the first statewide mandate in the country.
Representatives of builders, utilities and solar manufacturers helped craft the standards and supported the commission’s decision. The requirement is expected to generate significant attention by other states to see how things play out in California.
California Building Industry Association’s Dan Dunmoyer says, “With this adoption, the California Energy Commission has struck a fair balance between reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while simultaneously limiting increased construction costs.”
The Energy Commission estimated that adding solar panels would boost construction costs by $9,500 for a single-family home, while saving owners roughly $19,000 in energy and other expenses over 30 years.
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