California just became the first state to require solar panels be built on most new homes starting in 2020. This was voted and approved unanimously by the five-member California Energy Commission on Wednesday.
The new building rules mean it is mandatory that residential buildings up to three stories high, including single-family homes and condos, be built with solar panels beginning in 2020. Builders have the options of installing solar panels within individual homes or building a shared solar-power system servicing a group of homes.
This is estimated at an additional $8,000 to $12,000 to the cost of building a new home.
California is already the nation’s leader when it comes to solar energy. With this new regulation, it means solar installations on new homes will surely skyrocket even more so in California.
“This adoption of these standards represents a quantum leap. You can bet every state will be watching to see what happens,” said Bob Raymer, senior engineer for the California Building Industry Association.
Which other states or countries will follow suit?