California is becoming the first state where renewable energy is mandatory. Solar panels are the mainstream form of energy and the states Energy Commission is expected to approve new energy standards that would require solar panels on the roofs of nearly all new homes, condominiums, and apartment buildings from 20/20 onward. There may be exceptions for homes that can’t fit solar panels or if the roof would be blocked by taller buildings or trees. However, if this is not the case, all new construction will require solar panels.
The plan does not require that the home will need to offset the energy consumed completely, but it does provide compliance credits for home builders who install storage batteries, allowing them to build smaller panel arrays, which in turn uses that excess energy available for off use ours.
This will likely increase construction costs by between $25,000 and $30,000 but it could save homeowners $50,000-$60,000 over the solar technology’s 25-year lifespan. This will make California the first state to have solar panel requirements for new construction. And it makes sense since we have an abundance of warm, sunny days and high real estate prices.
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Critics are worried that it could make our housing shortage worse by pricing people out of the homes that are currently available but again, this is only for new construction and we still have a couple of years to go. Right now, no more than 20% of new single-family homes include solar panel, but not only will this make energy efficient more practical for homeowners, it will create a lot more jobs for panel makers and installers. This could reduce the cost of panels and make the homes more affordable.
If you’re currently looking for a property that already has solar panels, give me a call. I can send you a complete list of homes that meet your search criteria and price that include energy efficient solar panels or other green building materials.