Federal research says California solar mandate could increase housing prices

Tanya Simon
May 16, 2018

Robert Raymer, technical director for the California Building Industry Association, called it a "quantum leap".

The new building standard - unanimously approved by the five-member California Energy Commission - would be the first such statewide mandate in the nation. Some of that had been included in GTM's earlier forecast, because even without the mandate a certain percentage of California homes go solar from the start.

GTM's analysis is based on the Commission's prediction that almost 75,000 new homes will be built across California in 2020 alone and could help the state overcome a recent period of sluggish residential solar growth.

Adding solar panels would boost construction costs by $9,500 for a single-family home but save owners about $19,000 in energy and other expenses over 30 years, the Energy Commission estimated.

The minimum amount of solar power required by the new standards wouldn't be enough to meet all the needs of most homes. "The buildings that Californians buy and live in will operate very efficiently while generating their own clean energy".

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"Under these new standards, buildings will perform better than ever, at the same time they contribute to a reliable grid", said Commissioner Andrew McAllister, who is the Energy Commission's lead on energy efficiency. Construction groups, solar manufacturers, and public utilities and other industry groups in the state have expressed support for the move.

The regulations include exceptions for when solar panels aren't cost-effective or feasible, such as on a home shrouded in shade. Additionally, GTM's new analysis does not apply to multi-family housing units, although GTM typically excludes these from its residential solar forecasts anyway.

Solar energy production systems could offer a new option for Farmers in Southern Illinois that could help them save money, become more self sufficient and become more environmentally friendly.

The installed power capacity of solar power increased from 939 megawatts to 2,978 megawatts year on year, representing a 217 percent rise, according to data released on Monday by Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA).

Clean energy projects in the country are set to gain in terms of cost savings on land acquisition and evacuation infrastructure under the National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy.

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