New Homes In California May Be Required To Have Solar Panels

California is leading the way.

What used to be an option to homebuyers could become a requirement in California. On Wednesday, May 9, the California Energy Commission will vote on new energy standards that will require new homes in California to have solar panels starting in 2020, according to Mercury News.

If this plan passes, California will be the first state to have a solar panel requirement.

In an interview with Mercury News, Bob Raymer, technical director for the California Building Industry Association said: "California is about to take a quantum leap in energy standards. No other state in the nation mandates solar, and we are about to take that leap."

According to Engadget, the proposed plan doesn't require homes to reach net-zero status.  A home achieves a net-zero status when the solar power completely offsets the energy consumed in a year.

The new plan will save homeowners $50,000 to $60,000 in operating cost over a 25-year period. But some are worried that the new plan could backfire by increasing cost for homebuyers thus pushing several people out of the buying market.

However, environmentalists see this as a step in the right direction.

"[This is] another important step toward the environmentally-friendly, healthy and affordable home of the future," Pierre Delforge, energy efficiency program director at the Natural Resources Defense Council told Mercury News.

California is leading the way and winning the clean energy race. The Clean Tech Leadership Index report shows that cities in the golden state such as San Francisco, San Diego and San Jose are the most energy efficient when tested across five categories, including energy, human capital, and transportation.

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