California’s latest norm now requires homes to include solar panels
Category: #world  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2018-05-07
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California’s latest norm now requires homes to include solar panels

The California Energy Commission has reportedly planned to implement the new building energy efficiency rules, in accordance with which it will be mandatory for all house construction projects to include solar panels. Apparently, the directive will impact single-family homes, condos, and low-profile houses, and flats that have received construction approval after 1st January 2020.

Analysts are of the view that that the move is aimed at renewable energy production and enhancement of power efficiency. The key officials of the commission have projected that the new home constructions will reduce power consumption by over 50% under the solar decree.

The new building energy efficiency standards set by the commission include ventilation upgradations, heat transfer rules, and non-residential lighting. The Energy commission stated that the consumers may observe an increase in USD 40 in their monthly expenditure. However, they can save nearly USD 80 on heating, electricity bills, and cooling activities each month.

According to Energy Sage, solar panels in California are expected to cost nearly USD 11,928 to USD 25,340 for the house owners. It is predicted that the new regulations will add nearly USD 25,000 to USD 30,000 towards the construction costs due to solar panel installation. Experts believe the costs to be higher as compared to the house construction costs, built as per the 2006’s state code.

The Orange County Register has reported that the California Energy Commission is expected to vote on the implementation of the new energy standards on 9th May. Bob Raymer, one of the directors of the California Building Industry Association, has stated that only 15% to 20% of a new single-family house have solar panels on their rooftops. He further stated that with the mandate being enforced, California will become the first state in the U.S. to take an initiative towards the set-up of high energy efficiency standards.

The California Energy Commission has reportedly planned to implement the new building energy efficiency rules, in accordance with which it will be mandatory for all house construction projects to include solar panels. Apparently, the directive will impact single-family homes, condos, and low-profile houses, and flats that have received construction approval after 1st January 2020.

Analysts are of the view that that the move is aimed at renewable energy production and enhancement of power efficiency. The key officials of the commission have projected that the new home constructions will reduce power consumption by over 50% under the solar decree.

The new building energy efficiency standards set by the commission include ventilation upgradations, heat transfer rules, and non-residential lighting. The Energy commission stated that the consumers may observe an increase in USD 40 in their monthly expenditure. However, they can save nearly USD 80 on heating, electricity bills, and cooling activities each month.

According to Energy Sage, solar panels in California are expected to cost nearly USD 11,928 to USD 25,340 for the house owners. It is predicted that the new regulations will add nearly USD 25,000 to USD 30,000 towards the construction costs due to solar panel installation. Experts believe the costs to be higher as compared to the house construction costs, built as per the 2006’s state code.

The Orange County Register has reported that the California Energy Commission is expected to vote on the implementation of the new energy standards on 9th May. Bob Raymer, one of the directors of the California Building Industry Association, has stated that only 15% to 20% of a new single-family house have solar panels on their rooftops. He further stated that with the mandate being enforced, California will become the first state in the U.S. to take an initiative towards the set-up of high energy efficiency standards.



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