Some conservatives were not so enthusiastic, noting that the state already has some of the nation's most expensive housing markets.
The commission estimated solar panels could increase construction costs for a single-family home by about $10,000. It is easy to implement it in the area because of constant sunny days and high real estate prices. "California's policies should support both affordable energy and affordable housing for those most vulnerable in the housing crisis", Wang says.
California Solar and Storage Association's Director of Technology Advancement, Kelly Knutsen, has also stated that solar power is cost-effective in nearly every single climate and "will pay for itself". They would still have to draw some of their electricity from the power grid.
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the change amounts to an additional 200 megawatts of solar deployed in the state annually. "But on the other hand, increasing the energy efficiency of homes has always been a state priority, so there's no free lunch".
California just became the first state in the country to require all new homes to be built with rooftop solar panels.
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Barstow High School and Academy of Careers and Exploration in Helendale each earned a bronze level, despite not being ranked. The grade 7-12 school was also ranked higher than any other school in the Inland Empire.
"Between the solar array and the efficiency measures, residents will save roughly $1,000 in annual utility bills, while only paying $40 per month for the measures on a 30-year mortgage, for a net saving of $480 annually at no extra cost upfront when fully financed", the Natural Resources Defense Council said. The leases typically provide homeowners an low-priced way to add solar to their homes and cut electricity bills, in return for a long-term agreement with a solar provider.
The state's building sector is the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions when fossil fuels power plants are factored in. The rules, which would also apply to new multifamily buildings of three stories or less, don't need the approval of the Legislature.
"It is my hope and belief that when other states, many of which are developing rapidly growing solar markets of their own", she continues, "see the benefits of this policy, they will develop similarly aggressive policies".
"By adopting this policy we can expand solar power throughout California, which is more crucial than ever as Donald Trump and the federal administration try to reverse all the progress we have made to combat climate change", said Wiener in a statement.
In addition to solar, the proposed energy rules would require additional improvements to insulation in the walls and attics of new homes as well as more efficient windows, water heaters and other appliances.
" 'Because of the lack of density, people are forced to drive everywhere".
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