California City to Require Solar Energy Systems on All New Homes

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A city in southern California this week passed a zoning regulation that requires developers to install solar power systems on every new house they build. Beginning next year, all new homes built on lots at least 7,000 square feet in size in Lancaster, Calif. will be required to produce at least one kilowatt of solar electricity.

Developers also have the option of purchasing solar energy credits from other developments within the city limits. The new zoning rules are the latest initiative in Mayor Rex Parris’s quest to make Lancaster, which has a population of 150,000 and abundant sunshine, the “solar capital of the universe.”

Since 2008, the city has also introduced an initiative to attract utility-scale solar developers to the city, proposed a transmission project to deliver solar-generated power to other communities, and created an affordable solar financing program for homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits. “To truly establish ourselves as the alternative energy capital of the world, we must continue to take a progressive approach,” Parris, a Republican, said in a statement.

Article appearing courtesy Yale Environment 360.

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  • http://www.sirsparks.com Pete

    Finally; A Republican with a brain.

  • http://conserve-energy-future.com/ Rinkesh

    That’s a very good initiative by the local authorities. Demand for energy has been increasing at a significant rate. Installing solar panels will not only reduce the electricity bill but the surplus can be feed back in to the grid to get monetary benefits from distribution company.