California: Solar Powered Homes

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The California Energy Commission just approved the requirement that all new residential construction will require solar power within a few years. It was a unanimous vote by the five-member panel. Currently, solar provides 16% of the electricity used in this state. That will just continue increasing as technology improves and energy costs rise. The only negative to this is it will add between $8,000 to $12,000 to the cost of a new home, when there is already a shortage of affordable housing. On the positive side, it is estimated that the increased monthly cost to the consumer will be $40, however, the electricity bill savings is estimated to be $80 a month on average. Over time, the savings will pay for the cost of the solar capability.   

Speaking from personal experience, I have both solar for my pool and my house. The cost savings from each has been tremendous and the estimated breakeven point is about 6 years. We are very happy we added solar to our home. The panels don’t look that bad either. While there will be complaints from affordable housing advocates, overall this is a good thing for all of us in the long run. Becoming as energy independent as possible makes a whole lot of sense.  If you would like to read more about this, click on the links below:

California Will Require Solar Power For New Homes

California Becomes First State To Mandate Solar Panels on New Homes