California may require solar panels on new homes in 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California may start requiring solar panels on new homes and low-rise apartment buildings built after 2020.

It would be the first such mandate nationwide and California’s latest step to aggressively curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The California Energy Commission is posed to vote on the regulations Wednesday. They’ll then need approval from the state’s Building Standards Commission. They also include new rules around ventilation and indoor air quality.

The commission estimates the regulations would add an average $10,500 in construction costs for a single family home but generate about $16,000 in energy savings.

Few industry groups outwardly oppose the plan after working for years with the commission to shape the regulations. But Republican legislative leaders said Californians can’t afford to pay more for housing in the state’s already extremely expensive market.

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