The California Energy Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to require Solar Panels on New Homes in 2020 and beyond. BTW – “unanimously” – Wow, I cannot even get my kids to agree on what movie we are going to go see.
Now, before we get too trigger happy, it’s not going to have to be a HUGE system. The requirement is minimal – producing 2-3 Kilowatts of power. That cost could be picked up by the home builder. In some of the current cases with the New Santa Clarita Homes, this is currently in place.
The builder has included solar as a mandatory option. The choice the homeowner has is whether to pay cash for it or to lease it.
I guess solar is better than a sharp stick in the eye. My distress is the “mandatory” thing.
What’s next? Fining current homeowners that don’t have solar, possibly?
I hope that is not the case in my lifetime.
There is quite a lot of debate about solar – the life expectancy, the damage to the roof, the weight on the overall structure and additional wind resistance, to name a few. OMT – the cost of filling the earth fills with the panels and how much of the original panel/mount can be recycled.
Most solar companies warranty the roof from leaking for a few years after the solar panels are installed. That’s refreshing, but not enough in my opinion. If they are going to install it, they should warranty the roof for as long as it(the roof) was warranted for in the first place. If that is unknown, have some sort of inspector, additional, that gives that value to the current roof before the solar panels are installed. Then base the Guarantee against the roof leaking as a result of the solar panels on that.
Cleaning the solar panels can increase their efficiency up to 50% or more. This is something that is not talked about when you are being sold by some of the solar companies.
I have inquired about having the solar panels installed on a platform like at the local Santa Clarita Schools. This is an option, but not one offered – you must ask. You could have solar and an additional shade spot on your property by doing it this way. You would not have to worry about your roof and the damage to it and you would have them cleaned a lot less expensively if they weren’t on the second story of your home.
I have given solar a lot of thought. Our personal roof is pitched at weird angles. To have a solar system installed on it would limit us to 9 panels and they would not be able to be faced with maximum sun exposure. If it were a free-standing system, the sky is the limit, or should I say sun 🙂
Some solar leases have maintenance included. When you buy the system, it’s a different story and relies on the warranty.
Make sure you read the small print.
Costco, if you are a member, extends the roof warranty if you go through them. I think they sub out to SunRun – check with Costco the next time you are there buying paper towels.