California first in United States to require solar panels on new homes

State officials to vote today on requiring solar for all new homes by 2020

About 117,000 new single-family homes and 48,000 multi-family units will be built in 2020, the commission estimates.

The commission's action on new 2019 building energy efficiency standards also apply to everything from current ventilation systems to indoor air quality.

But the researchers noted a bright spot - the state's greenhouse gas emissions are declining, despite a growing population.

Over all, at the current rate of home building, the new requirement will increase the annual number of rooftop solar installations by 44 percent. And in California overall, half as many people can afford median priced housing as in the rest of the country.

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The 2018 rankings are based on data from the 2015-16 school year. "We selected schools that outperformed their state averages". In San Dieguito Union High School District, just 8.5 percent are low-income and fewer than 4 percent are English learners.

The rule will go into effect on January 1, 2020, and does not need to be approved by the Legislature or the California Public Utilities Commission.

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.

The standards must still be approved by the state's Building Standards Commission, according to ABC7.

State regulators on Wednesday unanimously approved the first statewide solar building code requirement for new homes three stories or less. But the California Building Industry Association, which supports the initiative, acknowledged that while the installation costs will be passed on to consumers as part of a home purchase, the cost will be offset by lowered energy costs over the term of a mortgage.

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Stuart Waldman, president of the Van Nuys business advocacy group, said the commission's decision om Wednesday gives housing developers and potential homeowners another reason to leave California as housing affordability is one of the major issues facing the state. A National Association of Realtors survey for the fourth quarter of 2017 listed four California markets among the nation's five most expensive.

Officials in St. Petersburg, Florida, made a similar argument when they were mulling their own solar mandate previous year, with City Councilman Kevin Nurse telling Reason, "You can create a system that provides local jobs, reduces fossil fuel use and pollution, and reduces the cost of owning a home". "[In] California, we do believe in climate change, we do believe in facts ..." Exceptions or alternatives will be allowed when homes are shaded by trees or buildings or when the home's roofs are too small to accommodate solar panels.

Backers claim the solar rules are necessary to comply with the state's stringent renewable energy mandate, which requires utilities to derive at least 50 percent of its electricity from clean sources by 2030. Gov.

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