California predicts mandatory solar panel installations will add almost $ 10,000 to the advance cost of hempengar that will be…
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Solar panels will be a necessary feature of new houses in California, after the State Building Standards Commission gave final approval to a housing rule that is the first of its kind in the United States.
To come into force by 2020, the new standard includes an exception for houses that are often shaded from the sun. It also includes incentives for people to add a high capacity battery to their home electrical system to store solar energy.
“These provisions are truly historic and will be a beam of light for the rest of the country,” said Commissioner Sasaki, according to Mercury News. “[It’s] The beginning of a significant improvement in how we produce energy and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels.”
The rule marks a new phase in California’s environmental policy, which has often established trends and established norms nationwide. The state has set the target of deducting 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources and sharply reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The solar panels rule was originally supported as part of the state’s Green Building Standards Code by the California Energy Commission back in May. In a public hearing on Wednesday, the Building Standards Commission heard comments on the change before it approved it – the last step in adding the requirement for the state building code. The vote was unanimous.
Single-family houses and multi-family houses with a maximum of three floors must comply with the new solar standard.
“New housing built according to these standards is expected to use 53 percent less energy than our latest standards” from 2016, “said Drew Bohan, Executive Director of the Energy Commission.
The state predicts that mandatory solar panel installations and other new improvements will add almost $ 10,000 to the advances of a home – a cost that officials say will balance over time, due to lower electricity bills.
A homeowner will save $ 19,000 under a 30-year mortgage, Bohan said on Wednesday in the building commission.
From 2020, California homeowners will be able to either pay for solar panels directly, lease them, or enter into a power purchase agreement with developers. Another option is that society should “pool resources instead of installing sun on individual homes,” says Bohan.
“With extreme weather events becoming more common there is even greater need for homes that are efficient, reliable and robust.” Bohan said that the standards will result in buildings that “will continue to keep costs down, better manage climate impact and reduce emissions greenhouse gases “.
Speakers at the Wednesday session mentioned the latest devastating weapon in Butte County several times – as a kind of case where solar panels and batteries could help people who encounter prolonged power outages from natural disasters, as well as an example of when state building and energy authorities would need to help speed up reconstruction.
Although the new rule has given solar panels a step after state installers saw a decline in 2017, it is also criticized for adding home prices in a market that is already expensive. But to a large extent, the Wednesday meeting was largely a formality with the focus on whether the energy panel’s process of creating the rule was correct.
Despite the fact that the solar power mandate could have an immediate impact not only on home buyers but on property developers and agents, the new rule has largely been supported by industry groups.
At the Energy Commission’s May corner where public comments and trading groups were also heard from “expressed the majority of those present, including environmental groups, solar companies and tools, strong support for the new standards”, as member station KQED reported.
California hopes to achieve its carbon neutral energy status within 30 years. In September, the California Energy Commission said the state is currently 32 percent of achieving that goal.
Over the past 40 years, Bohan said the state’s energy policy has saved residents billions of dollars and helped California to increase energy per capita more efficiently than the rest of the United States