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All information on the California Solar Mandate

All information on the California Solar Mandate

All information on the California Solar Mandate – new requirements in 2020

California is the first state in the USA to require solar systems on the roofs of new buildings. The new regulation, the California Solar Mandate, will come into force in 2020.

Solar power will no longer be just a possible add-on, but a standard that will save the homeowner money in the long run and improve the environment. California’s environmental policies are always acting as pioneers for the whole country. Hopefully this time too. The state has set itself the goal to get 100 percent of its used energy from renewable energies in order to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The California solar mandate, which is part of an initiative of the California Energy Commission, states that the 50 percent mark should already be reached by 2030.

We consider this an important step towards a greener future. We therefore support our customers in California with advice and the implementation of solar projects when California goes green. If you are planning to build your own home in California or you are a housing developer, we can help you build a solar system on a California house or property.

We’re trying to answer some important questions in this blog post. Contact us for more information.

In 2020 solar systems are required on new houses in California

Solar systems are soon required on new houses in California

When will the California Solar Mandate come into force? When is it mandatory in California to have solar on new houses?

It is mandatory for all houses whose building permit will be applied for from January 1st, 2020.

Does this requirement apply to all types of buildings?

No. It only applies to buildings that are less than three stories high. Higher buildings are not obliged to do so.

How large must a solar system be to meet the requirements of the California Solar Mandate?

It must be able to compensate for 100 percent of electricity consumption. If other energy-efficient improvements have been made, such as energy storage or green building materials,  the system can be correspondingly smaller.

Does this mean that you have to balance out electricity consumption 100 percent?

“Not quite. New dwellings don’t need to be zero net energy (with 100% of the home’s energy use offset by PV production). Instead, they must be designed to achieve zero net electricity, with 100% of the unit’s electricity production offset by solar.”

How much does a solar PV system cost?

The average price for a solar residential system is $2.85. That means a 10KW system is $28,500. On average, solar systems currently installed on homes in California are 6.8 kilowatts large.

What are the savings with solar?

Projected over the next 30 years, solar panels can save an average of $19,000, but a house will be more expensive to buy than before. Nevertheless, the value of the house will also rise. It should not be forgotten that electricity prices are rising continuously. With your own solar system, you are no longer dependent on them!

We are always ready to come by and prepare a free quote. Our trained team will find the perfect place on your roof or property to produce your electricity in the future by the power of the sun. IGS can answer your questions about financing possibilities and make your idea of your own electricity production possible!