New California homes required to have solar panels

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The Energy Commission estimates the requirements will add about $40 to the average 30-year mortgage but save consumers as much as $80 per month on heating, cooling and lighting bills.

Solar power companies surged Thursday, a day after California became the first state in the U.S.to require solar panels on nearly all new homes.

Nikolewski reported that contractors in San Diego area estimate the code change will add about $20,000 to construction costs, depending on the size of the home.

California is leading the way with more solar power than any other state, thanks to almost 800,000 solar projects on homes, schools, businesses, farms and more as of the end of 2017.

The change also comes at a time when solar installers are dealing with Trump's tariffs on solar panels made overseas and estimating that the new tariff's on imported steel and aluminum could raise the price of racking systems for the home market by $100 to $200, according to Nikolewski. Over the same period, the state issued permits for fewer than 480,000 new residential units, or about one home for every five additional workers.

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The decision, praised wholeheartedly by the solar industry, has the potential not just to grow demand for solar panels in the country's most populous state but also to reshape the debate about how solar technology should be used.

"The best way to look at this regulation is as a step, an important step, actually, that we defined more than a decade ago, part of an overall battery of reforms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions", he told for The New York Times.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - 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. It still needs to be permitted by The California Building Standards Commission before the mandate can be officially executed, however, it is expected that they will agree to the notion. "This is potentially the beginning of what we'll see across America", says Thomas Werner, CEO of Sun Power, a leading USA solar company. They typically target existing homeowners rather than companies building new homes.

"Anything that's going to expand the market and increase awareness is great", Barry Cinnamon, CEO of San Jose-based Spice Solar, which specializes in residential installations, told the paper. "But their business is about acquiring individual customers". President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on solar equipment imported into the U.S.in January, and that could mute some short-term gains.

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