Solar Panels Will Soon Be Required On New Homes

Solar Panels

California will soon be the first state to require that all homes have solar panels. The California Energy Commission will soon approve the requirement. It is estimated that the solar panels will increase the cost of a new home by $9,500. It will also increase construction costs by $8,000 to $10,000.

California already has one of the most expensive housing markets in the country. In fact, the average cost of a single-family home in California is $565,000. There is already a great demand for solar energy in California. Suvi Sharma is the chief executive of Solaria Corp. She stated that this requirement will help boost solar growth.

California has made aggressive changes in order to reduce climate change and air pollution. They have set a goal to reduce greenhouse emissions by 40 percent. Solar energy accounts for 10 percent of the energy that is used in California. Scott Wiener is a senator. He stated that more solar energy needs to be used in order to slash greenhouse gases.

Twenty percent of the new homes in California are built with solar energy. California uses more solar energy than any other state. People who have a home with solar energy can expect to pay $40 more per month for their monthly mortgage. However, they can actually save money over time.

Solar energy can help you save $80 per month in heating and cooling bills. Andrew McAllister is an energy commissioner. He stated that homeowners will get the money that they invest in a home with a solar energy back.

Abigail Ross Hopper is the chief executive of the Solar Energy Industries Association. She stated that California could pave the way for other states to follow suit. She stated that she looks forward to seeing the impact that this will have on the entire country.