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California Makes Solar Power A Requirement For New Homes


CA mandates solar panels for new homes

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  • Building a new home in California? Better make sure you have solar panels installed as the Golden State just passed a new measure mandating green power for new homes starting in 2020.
  • The unanimous vote is being called a “historical undertaking” by lawmakers who say it “will be a beacon of light for the rest of the country.”
  • Of course, not everyone is happy with the decision. The Orange County Register reports that the California Building Standards Commission has received over 300 complaints from people claiming the move “will be costly to homeowners in California and also eliminates personal choice.”
  • Officials admit that the law will add about $10,000 to the cost of building a single-family home in the state.


  • Have you made the move to greener energy at home?
  • What has it done for your bills?


(File photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

On Wednesday, December 5, California officially became the nation’s first state to require homes built in 2020 and subsequently solar power.

The California Building Standards Commission unanimously voted to add energy standards to the state building code approved by another panel in May.

Two commissioners and a number of speakers praised the new code as “a historic undertaking” and a model for the country.

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