California Dems mandate that ALL new homes after 2020 MUST have solar panels

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Leave Democrats in control long enough and they will mandate that you adhere to their agenda, which includes eschewing fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy — regardless of expense.

California will become the first state in the nation to require all newly built homes to be solar-powered, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The mandate, which goes into effect in 2020, applies to all single-family and multifamily residences of three stories or less, after being approved this month by the California Building Standards Commission, the newspaper reported.

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This coming after a unanimous vote from the California Energy Commission in May. Under the guise of fighting climate change, of course.

Then again, California starts early when it comes to indoctrinating its residents on renewable energies, sustainability and climate change, as seen in the image below of Farragut Elementary School students in Culver City celebrating the school districts new 750kw solar array built at their school.

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But affordability is a key concern.

The Energy Commission estimates that solar panels will save homeowners an average of $19,000 over 30 years, but this doesn’t help with the upfront cost — solar panels will reportedly add about $8,400 to the cost of a single-family home.

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More from The Times on how this may price potential homeowners out of the market:

According to a study from the National Assn. of Home Builders, every $1,000 increase to the cost of a home makes 52,903 households unable to afford a house. At that rate, a jump of $8,400 would keep about 1.28 million households from buying a home.

Affordability is the main concern for the California Building Industry Assn., which represents around 3,100 builders across the state and 85% of all new single-family and multifamily housing production.

“For $2-million homes, these mandates might not be a big deal,” Chief Executive Dan Dunmoyer said. “But in markets like San Bernardino, this will be a factor for thousands of families trying to buy homes.”

 

All of which impacts the little guy — the same people Democrats swear up and down they’re fighting for.

Tom Tillison

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