California To Require Solar Panels On New Homes
What's Going On Here?
What Does This Mean?
The California state Energy Commission is due to vote on these new energy standards this week. At the moment, only 20 percent of family homes have solar panels built in. With this new mandate, that is expected to increase sharply.
The Golden State has a bit of an advantage when it comes to sunshine. Downtown LA has on average 292 out of 365 days a year of sun, so it is no wonder that the state government is looking to take advantage of this.
However, not everyone is happy. Certain groups claim that this will slow down construction and reduce housing availability with the added costs of adding solar power to a home would add up to £22k to its cost.
Why Should We Care?
The bigger picture is that in the 25-year lifespan of the solar systems, they could save the homeowners up to £44k in energy bills.
A break away from large solar parks brings the issue of renewable energy much closer to home (it literally couldn't be closer).
If moving to California or installing solar panels on your own house feels like a bit of a steep investment, why not try something smaller (and cheaper) to whet your appetite for solar.
Solar powered backpacks are a pretty cool investment, keeping your gadgets charged all day long. Especially useful for any long hikes or festivals this summer.
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