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California first state to mandate solar power for new homes

AP  |  Los Angeles 

became the first state in the nation to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered, following a vote by the

The unanimous action on Wednesday finalises a previous vote by the Commission and fulfills a decade-old goal to make the state reliant on cleaner

"These provisions really are historic and will be a beacon of light for the rest of the country," said Kent Sasaki, a and one of six building standards commissioners.

"(It's) the beginning of substantial improvement in how we produce and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels."

While nobody spoke Wednesday in opposition, the commission received about 300 letters opposing the mandate because of the added cost, reported.

Energy officials estimated the provisions will add $10,000 to the cost of building a single-family home about $8,400 from adding solar and about $1,500 for making homes more energy-efficient. But those costs would be offset by lower utility bills over the 30-year lifespan of the solar panels, officials said.

One commission member worried the mandate would make it harder for wildfire victims to rebuild. But supporters assured him that won't be a problem, according to the newspaper.

Homeowners will have two options that eliminate upfront costs of adding solar: leasing the solar panels or signing a power purchase agreement that pays for the without buying the panels, said Drew Bohan, of the

One said the net savings from adding will be around $40 a month or nearly $500 a year.

"These standards won't necessarily make homes more expensive to buy. What they will do is save money on utility costs," said Pierre Delforge, a with the

"This is not only the right thing to do for the climate, it is financially smart."


Homebuilders have been preparing for years to meet a proposed requirement that all new homes be "net-zero," meaning they would produce enough to offset all and consumed over the course of a year.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 02:25 IST
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