All New Homes in California Now Require Solar
“What’s the whole new thing about California, solar panels, and homes?”
Something historic just happened. In a daring first for the U.S, the California Energy Commission has just reached a ruling requiring all new homes and low-rise apartment buildings built in California to have solar panels installed. This is all done in part to lower the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Although hailed by many in the renewable energy industry, skeptics like to point out that this could be poised to raise the cost of construction even more so, exacerbating the state’s already out of control housing crisis even further. However, the reduced electricity bills from these solar panels have been shown to actually recuperate their cost and even payback money over a 30 year lifetime. However this plays out, it will have drastic effects on the state’s electricity portfolio and could cause other areas to follow suit.