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Monday, May 14, 2018
California becomes first state to mandate solar panels on new homes
article appeared on Fox News on May 9th
California has become the first state in the nation to
mandate solar panels for all new homes, in a move to cut greenhouse gas
emissions that critics say will end up raising home prices in the already
There will soon be NO individual liberty in California
In a unanimous 5-0 vote Wednesday, the California Energy
Commission approved the policy.
The regulation will require all homes and apartments
built after 2020 to have solar panels, adding an average of roughly $10,000 to
construction costs for a single-family home. On the flip side, the commission
says, the panels could yield much more in energy savings.
Spokeswoman for the Energy Commission Amber Beck told Fox
News that under the new standards, new homes would be expected to reduce energy
use by more than 50 percent. She argued that the change will lead to savings in
the long run.
“For residential homeowners, based on a 30-year mortgage,
the Energy Commission estimates that the standards will add about $40 to an
average monthly payment, but save consumers $80 on monthly heating, cooling,
and lighting bills,” Beck said in a statement. “On average the 2019 standards
will increase the cost of constructing a new home by about $9,500 but will save
$19,000 in energy and maintenance costs over 30 years.”
Few industry groups outwardly oppose the plan after
working for years with the commission to shape the regulations. But Republican
legislative leaders said Californians can't afford to pay any more for housing
in the state's already expensive market.
"That's just going to drive the cost up and make
California, once again, not affordable to live," said Assemblyman Brian
Dahle, the chamber's Republican leader.
I wonder how many Cal. politicians are solar panel manufacturers?
The solar panel decision is just the latest example of
what critics see as the state’s ever-evolving nanny-state policies. California
often is at the leading edge of government mandates and bans, having recently
prohibited everything from plastic bags to foie gras – and even flirting with
phasing out internal combustion engines.
Bill Watt, a homebuilder and design consultant, told The Orange County Register the added solar panel costs, in
addition to other building mandates, will make homeownership out of reach for
“We’re not building enough housing already,” Watt, former
president of the Orange County Building Industry Association, told The OCR.
“Why not just pause for a little while, focus on the affordability and housing
issues, then circle back?”
Despite the increase in construction costs, the
California Building Industry Association generally supports the plan, but
expressed a preference to delay the launch.
“[W]e would prefer that this had been put off for a few
more years, but the fact is that the California Energy Commission has been
working on this, with us, for the past 10 years,” the association’s technical
director, Robert Raymer, said in a statement, noting that the group worked with the
state’s energy commission to alter the policy. “We know this is coming, we did
everything we could to push down compliance costs and increase design
The mandate is the latest win for the solar industry,
despite past controversies tied to companies' use of taxpayer funds.
The most notorious example was California company Solyndra, which filed for bankruptcy in 2011. An Energy
Department inspector general report in 2015 said the company misrepresented
facts in order to secure a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal
government. Taxpayer lost most of that money in the deal.
The new California measure would reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 700,000 metric tons over three years, according to the commission.
The Energy Commission said this would be equivalent to taking 115,000 cars off