Federal research says California solar mandate could increase housing prices

Federal research says California solar mandate could increase housing prices

The solar industry accounts for the largest share of jobs in renewable energy, with almost 3.4 million people employed in research, production, installation and maintenance of solar panels - an increase of 9 per cent from 2016.

Jumping out ahead of the rest of the country, California on Wednesday moved to require solar panels on all new homes and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020.

The cost-effective 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, which take effect on January 1, 2020, focus on four key areas: smart residential photovoltaic systems, updated thermal envelope standards (preventing heat transfer from the interior to exterior and vice versa), residential and nonresidential ventilation requirements, and nonresidential lighting requirements. This decision by California which is highly likely to be followed by at least some other states will accelerate this exponential growth. It needs final approval from California's Building Standards Commission, which typically adopts the energy panel's recommendations when updating the state's building codes.

Turkey's solar power production saw a yearly increase of 175 percent to 2.8 million megawatt-hours in 2017.

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However, an analysis by the federal Institute for Energy Research (IER), said this mandate could increase home prices by more than expected. The key objective of this policy is to provide a framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV hybrid system for optimal and efficient utilization of transmission infrastructure and land, reducing the variability in renewable power generation and achieving better grid stability.

"This is a very bold and visionary step that we're taking", said David Hochschild, a member of the Energy Commission.

On the contrary, Republican legislative leaders have expressed concern that cost of add-ons on housing will be unaffordable by Californians who are already grappling with the brunt of an extremely expensive market.

The regulations include exceptions for when solar panels aren't cost-effective or feasible, such as on a home shrouded in shade. More than 5 million homes in the state use solar power, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

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