Monday, 21 May, 2018

California Regulators Give Go-ahead for Solar Panels on New Homes

California first US state to require solar on new homes Going solar
Melinda Barton | 17 May, 2018, 01:15

California's move to require new homes in the state to have solar panels from 2020 will have a positive net impact on residential solar installations of almost 650 MW from 2020 through 2023.

"You can bet every other of the 49 states will be watching closely to see what happens", he said. California also has the goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030. It needs final approval from California's Building Standards Commission, which typically adopts the energy panel's recommendations when updating the state's building codes. The rooftop panels can either be owned outright, made available by lease, or rolled into the home price. With around 850 MW of large scale solar now under construction, and close to a further 1.2 GW having reached financial close and set to break ground, 2018 is shaping up as a record-breaking year for large scale solar.

Besides, the policy also aims to encourage new technologies, methods and way-outs involving combined operation of wind and solar PV plants, it added. This in turn would partially address the concerns of distribution utilities over the grid stability arising due to the intermittent nature of wind or solar.

"Under these new standards, buildings will perform better than ever, at the same time they contribute to a reliable grid", said Commissioner Andrew McAllister, who is the Energy Commission's lead on energy efficiency.

With this move California has positioned itself as the pioneer of clean energy in the country, encouraging more electric vehicles on the roads and reduced emissions from commercial and residential establishments.

"That's just going to drive the cost up and make California, once again, not affordable to live", Assemblyman Brian Dahle, the chamber's GOP leader, said Tuesday. Some homes that are shaded by trees or taller buildings, or have roofs that are too small for panels, would be eligible for exceptions.

About 117,000 new single-family homes and 48,000 multi-family units will be built in 2020, the commission estimates.

IL also has a net metering policy, that utility companies will buy back any excess electricity your solar system produces.

In accordance with Turkish EMRA's revised legislation in January, Turkish citizens are allowed to install solar panels with a maximum capacity of 10 kilowatts with less red-tape than previously.