California may soon require solar panels on new homes

### THE STATE IS CONSIDERING MAKING RENEWABLE ENERGY MANDATORY CALIFORNIA MAY SOON REQUIRE SOLAR PANELS BE INSTALLED ON NEW SINGLE FAMILY HOMES AND BUILDINGS

KSBY NEWS REPORTER MEGAN ABUNDIS IS LIVE IN STUDIO TO EXPLAIN MEGAN? THE CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION HAS A BIG VOTE TOMORROW TO DECIDE IF SOLAR PANELS SHOULD BE REQUIRED ON NEW HOMES AND DEVELOPMENTS WE’D BE THE FIRST STATE IN THE COUNTRY TO DO SO IF THIS PASSES, BY YEAR 2020 THE WAY HOMES ARE BUILT WILL CHANGEIN AN EFFORT TO GO GREEN AND HARNESS CLEAN TECHNOLOGY THE CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION SAYS THE NEW SOLAR ENERGY POLICY COULD ADD MORE THAN TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE COST OF BUILDING A NEW HOMEBUT ESTIMATES HOMEOWNERS WILL GET 16- THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ENERGY SAVINGS OVER 30 YEARS "If you’re thinking about solar and this by the state of California might affect you, it definitely will" IN SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, STATS SHOW 13- HUNDRED HOMES HAD SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED IN 2017 AM SUN SOLAR SAYS THEY’VE INSTALLED NEARLY 30 PERCENT OF THEMA GROWIN AMOUNT COMPARED TO THE YEAR BEFORE "If you have an average PGE bill of around $200 in slo county You are going to buy a solar panel energy system from about $16,000- $20,000 options

You’ll get a 30% tax credit and your system will pay itself off in about 4-6 years" "It’s going to help offset the big burden we’ve had with the increasing energy usage that people see with their homesall here different electronic devices

" MARK MARSHALL IS A CONTRACTOR THAT HAS BEEN WORKING ON SLO COUNTY PROPERTIESHE SAYS CLIENTS HAVE ASKED FOR PANELS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE BUILD CONSISTENTLY OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS "Oak shores, Atascadero bible church, heritage ranch Paso Robles

" HE SAYS IT work they have to plan up front so when it actually framing up the house before they are drying the roof they already have to have the solar installer on board" BUT AT A TIME WHEN THE STATE IS ALREADY FACING HOUSING AFFORDABILITY PROBLEMS, CRITICS SAY THIS WILL NEGATIVELY AFFECT HOME BUYERS "The cost impact fees are much greater deterrence than solar panels," ### THE STATE ESTIMATES THE PROPOSED STANDARDS COULD SAVE CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ENERGY COSTS OVER THE NEXT DECADE IN SLO IM MA KSBY NEWS THE MANDATE PROVIDES EXEMPTIONS IF THE PROPERTY IS SHADED

A TEAM OF SIX COMMISSIONERS WILL VOTE TOMORROW AFTERNOONWE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED ON

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