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CA HOME BUILDER UPDATE: New Homes in CA Must Include Solar Energy System.
On December 6, 2018 the CA Building Standards Commission voted 8-0 to pass the new 2019 Building Energy Standards which requires solar energy systems be built on all new single-family homes and multi-family homes three stories or less built beginning January 1, 2020 and beyond.
California became the first state in the nation to require solar energy be built on all new homes. It’s another milestone move toward the states ultimate declared goal of net zero energy use homes to reduce pollution and the health crisis it causes.
The solar power system must be designed to meet the annual electric demands fo the entire home. This includes trading electricity with the utility company through net metering.
At the end of the year total usage based on projected usage should be “net zero,” meaning the home produced as much as its occupants used, or more accurately it’s a combination of the amounts solar electricity produced and consumed, and the utility credits produced and consumed.
The new standards also include incentives for homes to add battery storage to their solar electric system.
Exemptions to the law are permitted for new homes that are, or will be, mostly shaded from the sun and that shade cannot be reduced or eliminated.
In an effort to improve indoor air quality the new standards also include updated thermal envelope and ventilation requirements for residential and non-residential, and new lighting requirements for non-residential buildings.
While this certainly adds cost and complexity to building and for the consumer, it also comes at a time when the consumer is ready, accepting, and desiring of solar power to reduce their dependence on ever-rising electric utility rates.
Many studies show that homeowners are willing to pay a premium for a home with solar energy system. On average that premium has been $15k for a home with an average size solar array. A home with a new 5k solar power system sold for nearly 40k more on average.
Homebuilders can include both solar lease and purchase options on new home sales with solar energy systems.
Jamar Power Systems works with many home builders and has installed solar power systems on thousands of homes and businesses. We have over 30 years history of working with builders and contractors on both small and large scale projects.