2020 Solar Mandate has brought new energy efficiency standards for California residences.
The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) has just approved statewide requirements for new single-family houses and multi-family residential buildings (up to three stories tall) to be built with solar panel systems installed. This new solar mandate has the potential of helping more of California be energy efficient and to help homeowners save more money on electricity in the long run.
It will be important for new home buyers to be informed before making decisions on solar energy systems. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions and answers on purchasing a residence with a solar panel system.
How many solar panels should your home’s system need?
The solar panel system’s size depends on its energy usage. Structure size, number of residents, types of appliances and future electrical needs are all important factors to consider when deciding how big your solar panel system should be. Talk to local solar energy companies and do your own research before coming to a decision.
What type of solar energy system should new home buyers use?
The solar system brand type will ultimately depend on usage needs and personal preference. Luckily this means homeowners will be able to customize their solar systems by working with local contractors and solar businesses to get the system that best fits their needs.
Is battery storage worth the investment?
The reason why solar panel batteries would be used or relied upon for a residential solar system is to have power on-hand as a backup during a blackout or power outage and to offset the new time of use rates. Most solar industry professionals can agree that, for now, a generator is the better backup power option. Solar batteries are currently expensive and it would take over a decade for a resident to get back the initial investment.
Is it better to lease or own solar panel systems?
It depends on your finances and goals. Owning your solar panel system helps you save the most money. Financing is always a better option. If you have more questions or would like to learn more please visit our financing page.
Energysage also has a California Solar Mandate Guide to help people keep informed and choose the best solar energy system for their home.
Solar does not need to be complicated or confusing. Need more information or some honest advice? Contact us! The Sungenia Solar Solutions team loves talking solar.
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