Legislation

California To Require Solar-Powered Homes

Effective in 2020, California will be the first state to require that all new residential constructions have solar power. This is in response to a requirement that 50% of the state’s energy be from non-carbon-producing sources by the year 2030, which the state feels is best achieved through solar power. The mandate allows for either solar panels on individual homes or a solar panel grid powering multiple homes, and doesn’t specify whether the solar panels are owned by the homeowner or leased. While the cost of building a home could increase by up to $16,000, the lower energy bills are expected to make up the difference, and even reduce net costs by about $40 per month on average.

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