The state of California is ready to vote on a mandate that will make solar panels a requirement for new homes. After approval, the builders must meet the new standard to obtain a building permit. ( Ludovic Marin | AFP / Getty Images )
California is making a bold move to become the first state in the United States to make solar panels mandatory in homes built after 2020 ,
Push by the Government
According to builders in the state, the option to install solar panels has been continuously offered to buyers who do not mind the extra cost of green life. However, most people have rejected their assumption that there are only additional bills to pay.
However, after careful analysis, the homeowner approach would save money in the future. At least the people in the Californian Energy Commission see things differently as the group will finalize their votes next week on May 9th. It will set the state's new energy standards, which should make renewable energy sources a prerequisite for new ones by the beginning of 2020.
Expect major changes
Dependent on the results of the electoral process most expect that they opt for green energy, all record numbers in the installation of solar panels will see panels. On closer examination of the mandate in question, it becomes clear that all low-profile and single-family homes, apartments and condominiums of three floors or less are needed to meet the new building permit standard.
Analysts expect California's energy consumption to exceed the mandate by more than 50 percent. Due to other requirements, which include upgrades to heat transfer standards, lighting outside the home and ventilation, homeowners are told that they expect at least $ 40 for their monthly bills. However, the switch saves about $ 80 for heating, cooling and lighting based on studies.
Some of the exceptions shown are houses that are located in shady locations. Buildings with roofs that are too small for standard size solar panels are also excluded from the proposed standards.
A welcome move towards Net-Zero
Now California has made its move to make solar panels a new requirement Structures built after 2020 could be the next target for more mandates that are progressing to standards approach the zero standard. It means that future homes would be designed to meet standards that could theoretically generate enough solar energy and stay off the grid.
"California is making a quantum leap in energy standards," said Bob Raymer, California Building Industry Association technical director. "No other state in the nation is mandating solar energy, we're about to make that leap."
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