California to require rooftop solar for most new homes

California moves to require solar panels on all new homes by 2020

"It absolutely will increase the cost of homes", says Lisa Vorderbrueggen, director of governmental affairs for the Bay Area Building Industry Association.

Representatives from construction groups, public utilities and solar manufacturers all spoke in support of the plan, which they've helped the commission develop for years.

The new mandate does offer exceptions where solar power is not feasible or cost effective, such as homes located entirely under shade.

Critics have been quick to note that the solar panel mandate will add between $8,000 (£5,900) and $12,000 to a home's cost.

The minimum amount of solar power required by the new standards wouldn't be enough to meet all the needs of most homes.

Just 9 percent of single-family detached homes in the state of 39.5 million people now have solar panels, according to a 2017 U.S. Department of Energy report the Energy Commission cited.

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The legislation will make California the first state to require solar panels.

But Republican legislative leaders argue Californians can not afford to pay any more for housing in what is already an extremely expensive market.

All told, the new code is meant to save Californians a net $1.7 billion on energy bills, while advancing the state's efforts to build-out renewable energy, the commission said. If there is battery storage installed, the size of the rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system could be smaller. A National Association of Realtors survey for the fourth quarter of 2017 listed four California markets among the nation's five most expensive.

Utilities that objected to the new rate-design "could contend that the introduction of mandated distributed solar sufficiently alters the policy landscape to warrant further review of the compensation levels paid to excess generation", ClearView said in their report, published ahead of the energy commission's decision. But, she adds, the new standards will cut energy use by more than half, and homeowners can expect to save about $80 per month in energy costs over the course of a 30-year mortgage.

'This is not a radical departure - it's a step in the right direction to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and improve our air, which for many, many decades California has been doing better and better each time'.

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