California homes built 2020 and later will be required to install solar panels.(csd.ca.gov) California's legislature on Wednesday officially approved a…
California’s legislature on Wednesday officially approved a measure that means that all homes built in the Gold state in 2020 and thereafter are soldierly.
The new standards were approved earlier this year and voted unanimously by the California Building Standards Commission, reported the Orange County Register.
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Officials proclaimed the move as a “historic commitment” that “will be a brightness for the rest of the country.”
The provisions add about $ 1
0,000 to the cost of to build a one-family house – including more than $ 8,400 to install solar energy and about $ 1,500 for energy efficiency. However, the rapporteurs of these requirements state that the 30-year life span of the solar panels will compensate the bill. An industry representative quoted by the registry said that the net savings would amount to about $ 500 a year.
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But not everyone was aboard the new action. According to the register, the Building Standards Commission has received more than 300 letters rejecting the move.
A California resident wrote that the solar mandate “will be expensive for homeowners in California and also eliminates personal choice.” She estimated that the installation charges will run “more than $ 25,000”, not $ 8,400.
“Median prices in California already more than twice the national average, this decision will make it even harder for the average California to afford a home,” wrote Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City.
At the same time, a Commissioner expressed his concern that solar panels would make the conversion of a home more expensive in the wake of a mass fire.
California homeowners will be able to either pay costs up front or write a “power purchase agreement” that pays for electricity without buying panels, according to an official of the California Energy Commission.