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Dec 7 2018
06:56 am

California officially became the first state in the nation on Wednesday to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered.

The solar mandate "applies to all new residential buildings up to three stories high, including apartments. The code allows some exceptions, such as when the structures are in shady areas or when electricity rates already are lower than the cost of generating solar power."

Energy officials estimated the provisions will add $10,000 to the cost of building a single-family home, about $8,400 from adding solar and about $1,500 for making homes more energy-efficient. But those costs would be offset by lower utility bills over the 30-year lifespan of the solar panels.

It would be nice if there were some sort of tax break for installing solar panels, but alas no more. In the article there is a comment that solar panels will cost $25,000 to install, a lot more than the $8,400 estimate.

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