Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

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

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

Last week, California became the first state in the nation to require that all new homes be powered by solar energy. As per estimates of the California Energy Commission, installation of solar panel would increase construction costs of a single-family home by almost US$10,000. It represents the state's latest step to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

"You can bet every other of the 49 states will be watching closely to see what happens", he said.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) of the Government of India has issued the national wind solar hybrid policy on May 14, 2018. "The buildings that Californians buy and live in will operate very efficiently while generating their own clean energy".

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The use of solar power in the United States has increased 600% over the past 6 years or so.

The minimum amount of solar power required by the new standards wouldn't be enough to meet all the needs of most homes. Vivek Sharma, Senior Director, Crisil Infrastructure Advisory, said: "The Central Electricity Authority and the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission will have to come out with norms that can allow the sale of hybridised power generated from existing projects".

Representatives of the construction, utility and solar industries all helped develop the new standard, and no industry groups spoke in opposition Wednesday. It applies to single-family houses and multifamily units that are three stories or under.

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The regulations include exceptions for when solar panels aren't cost-effective or feasible, such as on a home shrouded in shade. Further, the generation profile would be relatively higher than standalone wind or solar project also with lower variability in generation profile to some extent, given that generation from both the sources is at different intervals and in complimentary seasons.

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.

California has set a goal of all residential buildings being "zero net energy", meaning they produce as much energy as they consume.

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