California to Require Solar Panels on All New Homes
The state of California is leading the industry with forward-thinking trends to move towards clean energy. At this point, California generates more solar power than any other state in our country. There is still room for improvement in transitioning our electricity generation to cleaner sources, so that we can continue moving away from fossil fuels.
Solar Power Requirements
One of the notable changes in 2020 is the new requirement that all new construction homes must have solar panels installed. These building standards only apply to homes under construction; existing homes are not affected.
These new building codes went into effect on January 1, 2020, to ensure electricity powered from the sun for newly constructed residential properties – including single-family homes and multi-family properties up to 3 stories tall. These new homes must have solar panels on their roofs, in order to get the certificate of occupancy. Or, as an alternative have solar panels installed on a groundmounted solar array next to their home.
A few exceptions have been written into the building code. For example, if hills, other buildings, or large trees shade the home too much, then solar panels do not need to be installed. The system is not required if it is impractical to install solar panels based on the available sun throughout the day.
Groundbreaking Building Standards
As these building standards are implemented statewide, we can expect to see a reduction in smog and greenhouse gases. It is estimated that the pollution reduction will be equivalent to removing 115,000 cars from the road every 3 years.
Not only does this initiative impact the community, but residents also have the benefit of control over their home electricity. For example, installing battery back-up with the solar system gives you continued electricity if SC Edison shuts off the utilities on windy, hot days to decrease the risk of wildfires. Plus the rebate program for battery back up was reinstated on April 1, 2020 through the SGIP Rebate Program in California.
Solar Power for Your Home
Even if you aren’t building a new home, there are many benefits that can be enjoyed by having solar installed on your property. If you are interested in learning more about your options, then New Day Solar is here to help. We have been installing solar systems for 32 years and will always give you honest answers to your solar questions.
We care about the health and safety of our customers, employees and their families, so we are now doing our consultations through phone and video conferencing during these unprecedented times. You can learn about the benefits of solar and/or battery back up with one of our solar consultants, without having them in your home during this time. Contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation at: (855) 444-6329 or visit us online at www.newdaysolar.com
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