Starting January 1, 2020, all new homes built within California will be required to have solar panels installed on their rooftops. These will have onsite battery storage, and developers will be challenged with abiding by the new set of codes that makes these buildings energy efficient as outlined in the 2019 CEC Energy Code.
WHY IS THIS SIGNIFICANT IN THE WORLD OF RENEWABLE ENERGY?
This is a huge movement because with climate change speeding up, California is aggressively looking to shift their energy resources to 100% clean renewable energy. Homeowners and potential new buyers are looking for more energy efficient residences.
BENEFITS FOR HOMEOWNERS:
- Reducing energy bills – installing rooftop solar panels on your roof will significantly drop your energy bill cost each month and may even eliminate your energy bill.
- Helping the environment – solar panels gather clean energy from the sun, and they do not emit any harmful fuels into the air.
- Increasing jobs – the job market is growing within solar energy development, which means the economy improves.
- Technological Improvements – the cost is dropping due to the advancement of technology and this is affecting the prices of oil and gas. When clean energy resources are less costly than polluted energy resources, the demand for solar and wind goes up.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Designing projects that incorporate California strict energy code can be challenging, but the HERS process shouldn’t be. Be sure to register your product with CHEERS, and get started today.