The California Energy Commission decision to require all new-construction homes to come equipped with solar energy is a huge step in the right direction for the state of California.


This decision will not only bring affordable, clean energy, but it will also provide healthier communities in which we live in, bring more jobs, and lower greenhouse gas emissions from our infrastructures. California is well on its way of having a more resilient and reliable energy system. 

Here’s what you need to know:

California’s New Solar Energy Standard Took Effect on January 1, 2020. 

California will publish energy efficiency building standards in 3-year intervals that detail energy efficiency protocols for new homes. Along with California’s goal of making new homes non-contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, the 2019 EE Building Standards will both reduce energy usage and prescribe solar PV systems to offset remaining electricity usage of the home with clean, on-site renewable energy.

California’s New Energy Standards Could Increase the Price of Residential New Construction

This mostly depends on how the builder chooses to pay for solar installation. If the builder pays for the system, the cost will probably be integrated into the list price of the home. However, with Sun Energy California’s solar installation service, the builder can waive all upfront costs and save the homeowner this money. In these particular cases, the list price of homes should not be influenced by acquiring solar energy.

Some New Homes Are Exempt from California’s New Energy Policy

Basically, all new homes requiring a building permit issued on or after January 1, 2020 need to abide by California’s Energy Standards. However, if it is not cost effective for a home to install solar (because of the amount of shade from trees, buildings or other objects, or if the home’s roof is simply too small, for example) builders may apply for exemptions from solar.

California’s New Energy Standards Can Impact Your Monthly Utility Bill In A Good Way

In most circumstances, you can expect to see significant savings on homes with solar energy, especially compared to those homes who do not have solar panels. Of course, this depends on the utility company you use and other factors.



California’s New Energy Standards Can Impact Your Mortgage, Too. 

The new ruling is expected to increase monthly mortgage rates by around $40 and reduce utility rates by about $80. It will not impact your mortgage if you have a solar service agreement, like what Sun Energy California provides for its customers. 

Who will be responsible for maintenance or repairs of your homes solar energy system?

If the solar energy system comes with the home, the homeowner will most likely be responsible for maintenance and repairs. However, having a solar service agreement from a solar installation company, like Sun Energy California, guarantees the system’s solar production with maintenance, monitoring, insurance and peace of mind for 25 years. Once you make the switch to solar, we instal the panels, maintain your system, and provide daily system monitoring. Sun Energy California also insures your home with a roof penetration warranty for 10 years!

Why Is Solar Energy Mandated in California Now?

The people of California are passionate about climate change and our harmful localized pollution. Making the effort to ensure new construction homes are sustainable is a positive step in the right direction. California has fire-code to assist and prevent fires, so it makes sense to require a system that decreases the carbon footprint of the state’s homes. Updating this building code with new energy standards is a vital step to create more affordable clean energy and offset the costs of our growing electrical grid. Investing in solar energy (especially with battery back-up) is a large part of improving the safety and resiliency of the grid while also helping the environment 

Questions About Going Solar?

If you have questions about going solar, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Sun Energy California. We take pride in our ability to provide our customers with the information they need to make the best decisions for their family. We also offer free consultations and estimates. Call 760.545.8466. We look forward to working with you!

Did you know?

One wind turbine can produce enough electricity to power up to 300 homes.
Renewable energy is a form of clean energy that is provided by natural sources present in nature.
Solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, and geothermal power can provide energy without the planet-warming effects of fossil fuels.
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