California Will Require Solar Power for New Homes

The New York Times reports on the first of its kind decision by the State of California, effective January 2020, requiring all new residential housing to be powered by solar. This new measure is likely to increase the annual number of home rooftop solar installations across the state by nearly 50%. Despite the upfront costs of a home built with solar panels, home owners will still stand to save money. The utility industry is actively exploring ways to reduce electrical grid overloads and appropriate program structure changes to ensure the option is accessible to all future home buyers, regardless of their economic background.