California approves plan to require rooftop solar power for new homes
California approves plan to require rooftop solar power California turns into the primary U.S. state to require sun based boards on almost all new homes worked after Jan. 1, 2020, as a feature of new vitality effectiveness norms received by the California Energy Commission.
While the move is a lift for the sun-powered industry, faultfinders say it will add $8K-$12K to the cost of purchasing a house in the state.
The sun-powered power industry as of now gives 16% of California's power, the most elevated rate in the U.S., and utilizes in excess of 86K laborers.
The solar mandate is expected to add on average about $9,500 to the cost of new houses but is projected to be offset by the solar system's long-term energy savings.
The mandate, approved 5-to-0 by the California Energy Commission, is part of the state's 2019 update of energy efficiency standards and ongoing efforts to help reduce greenhouse gases. The state's building sector is the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions when fossil fuels power plants are factored in.
"This is an undeniably historic decision for the state and the U.S.," said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade association with about 1,000 member companies.