Solar Power A Requirement For New Construction
It is looking like the wave of the future is increasing requirements to include renewable energy for newly constructed homes and commercial buildings.
The most interesting new story is somewhat local to me here in Southern California where the City of Lancaster now requires 1 kilowatt of solar power for all newly constructed single family homes. The ordinance that passed last March went into effect in Jan. 1, 2014. Here is the link to an article that covers it more in depth. (http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/04/lancaster-home-solar-mandate-1st-us-world-leads-city-2014/).
This is a significant escalation on the Californian mandate of net zero homes by 2020. The City of Los Angeles has been requiring that the conduit and wiring be put in place in all new home construction to make adding solar panels easier in the future for the homeowner.
I certainly hope that more cities follow Lancaster’s lead and make similar requirements as it can only help the environment and speed the transition to the renewable energy economy.
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