California To Require Solar Panels On Most New Homes, Tesla Powerwall at Home Depot

California To Require Solar Panels On Most New Homes, Tesla Powerwall at Home Depot

There’s no question that solar power is entering the mainstream, but California is about to give it a giant boost. The state’s Energy Commission is expected to approve new energy standards that would require solar panels on the roofs of nearly all new homes, condos and apartment buildings from 2020 onward. There will be exemptions for homes that either can’t fit solar panels or would be blocked by taller buildings or trees, but you’ll otherwise have to go green if your property is brand new.

The plan doesn’t require that a home reach net-zero status (where the solar power completely offsets the energy consumed in a year). However, it does provide “compliance credits” for homebuilders who install storage batteries like Tesla’s Powerwall, letting them build smaller panel arrays knowing that excess energy will be available to use off-hours.

The new standards are poised to hike construction costs by ,000 to ,000 (about half of which is directly due to solar), but the self-produced energy is estimated to save owners ,000 to ,000 in operating costs over the solar technology’s expected 25-year lifespan.

20 Comments on “California To Require Solar Panels On Most New Homes, Tesla Powerwall at Home Depot”

  1. California = SMART leading the world in lots of ways… yep get your solar at low low home interest rates, not paying more, plus you get HUGE discount, the builder isn't buying just ONE you know. Prices should go down to the floor like Pot in Portland! just make more, hope Tesla gets a big gov't deal, that Elon is great!

  2. Everyday wake up and spread your cheeks!! Take your morning dump on a liberal. California is the worst state to do business in; and its government overreach like this.

    So? Crap a big one on them everday

  3. Don't worry folks I'm from Minneapolis. We here are smart enough to not have these so I expect every single one of you to respect and understand my opion lol. I heard after something like 49 or 697 years you'll aquire almost half your money back. So by the time your children die the electric company will have fucked you and your family willinly. So in my opinion stick with your local power company as they are the cheapest… Lol

  4. First thing you need to do is ask who is really profiting from this. They aren't doing it for the environment or the citizens. And you need to be tied into the grid. Why? If I'm making my own power and storing it why do i need to be in the grid?

  5. Government is nothing but widespread, structured coercion! And big brother lefties strike again in the land of fruits and nuts!

  6. Its not as cheap as some would have you believe.  Between huge batteries that have to be replaced there is also a huge inverter that has to be maintained and repaired when it has problems and true sine wave inverter’s ain’t cheap.

    Unless money is no problem, I don’t see solar in the mainstream anytime soon.  Has anyone heard of Solyndra?

  7. Unconstitutional, time to sue! Also this is going to send sky high housing prices in Comifornia even further through the roof!

  8. Solar technology is not practical for the average homeowner. It costs almost as much as the house, is only 20% efficient, and completely degrades in a few decades. Solar for utilities may work depending on the location but only the rich can afford these new solar homes. As usual, Democrats think money grows on trees and anything "green" is infallible.

  9. The reason why they make all this stuff in China is because to make it the chemicals are environmentally hazardous so they just dump it in the ground in China and don't worry about it. But the EPA in America won't allow them to do that and also our policy regarding Rare Earth is another major problem United States cannot mine Rare Earth because of the thorium issue. Homes in California already too expensive so they're going to have even fewer homes built. Because the only way the solar will actually work and I am going to explain this on the grid is if the power made in one day is stored and then the utility company is notified how much power is going to be released on the electrical grid the next day. The vast majority of people who are touting solar have no idea how the electrical grid work they fail to understand there are three forms of generation of electric let alone the complexity that goes into delivering this power reliably. Basically when solar is dumped on the grid it's simply means the electric companies run their power plants at idle to ensure there is power in case of an interruption. The experts state that to integrate Renewables into our electric grid will cost over 10 trillion dollars. Because of the complexity of integration. Talking about wind here's another example most people do not know or even understand there's a thing called harmonics which all turbines generate. Wind produce harmonics worse than any other generation process without a isolation circuit like a AC to DC converter back to AC the harmonics can be detrimental to generating facilities because of the harmonics match the resident frequency of turbine they can destroy a large generating facility within a matter of minutes. This is already happened in the past. Every wind turbine create a unique resident frequency no two are exactly alike so a wind farm can produce very unique harmonics.

  10. Commiefornia is just raising the prices even higher on the people who need affordable homes.

    You have to be a special kind of libtard to not realize scumbag democratic politicians are hurting the very people they claim to want to help.

  11. they already have tesla salesman at home depot. They will approach you with a clipboard and all kind of solar panel flyers. They offered me a free consultation and also told me that the coal mines will be out of business within the next few years

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