California considers historic plan to require solar panels on new homes

State officials to vote today on requiring solar for all new homes by 2020

About 117,000 new single-family homes and 48,000 multi-family units will be built in 2020, the commission estimates. It represents the state's latest step to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

As it happens, there are policy steps that would both reduce energy consumption and lower the cost of housing-and also give people more living options not fewer. The California Energy Commission approved the standards today and they will become effective January 1, 2020.

Raymer spoke before the California energy commission approved the requirement on Wednesday, alongside new regulations to improve ventilation and indoor air quality.

"Speaking for our local.area, we already have expensive issues; it costs more to build in coastal areas.in building fees, labor costs, property costs", Cromeenes said, as well as mandated "storm water run-off mitigation measures". Instead of delivering electricity from centralized fossil fuel power plants, the primary goal of California's energy grid is now to move electricity among various distributed solar and wind power generators. The state updates its building codes, including energy efficiency standards, every three years.

"We thank the Commissioners and their staff for working with the building industry during the past 18 months and adopting a set of cost-effective standards that ensures homebuyers will recoup their money over the life of the dwelling". The Solar Industry Energy Industries Association (SEIA) says the CEC worked with the group, its member solar companies and other stakeholders for more than two years to develop the technical requirements.

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A key element in crafting the new standards was to ensure that the efficiency upgrade and solar systems would be affordable to all Californians.

The Times estimates that the requirements could add as much as $12,000 to the price of new homes. This would make California the first state in the country to require solar panels on homes, according to the CEC.

On very sunny days, the state's solar plants can generate more energy than the system is able to use, pushing prices into negative territory (see "Texas and California have too much renewable energy").

Officials in St. Petersburg, Florida, made a similar argument when they were mulling their own solar mandate past year, with City Councilman Kevin Nurse telling Reason, "You can create a system that provides local jobs, reduces fossil fuel use and pollution, and reduces the cost of owning a home".

"Making California homes more energy-efficient is part of a broader initiative to shrink the state's greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030".

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