The solar industry continues to build momentum in California and elsewhere. California is already a leading producer of solar technologies in the United States. In fact, it is also one of the biggest solar markets in the entire world. The California Solar Initiative has a goal to create some 3,000 megawatts of new solar electricity by the year 2016.
Now, the community of Lancaster, California has become the first city in the United States to require solar power be a part of new home construction.
The change to the city’s zoning code was approved unanimously by the town’s council. It states that homes on lots that are 7,000 square feet or larger will need to have solar power that can generate 1.0 to 1.5 kilowatts. Rural homes up to 100,000 square feet will need a solar installation that can generate at least 1.5 kilowatts.
The mayor and council have their sights on making the community a solar power leader and So-Cal Solar Inc. is proud to be a heavy player in Lancaster with a large amount of solar installations completed. The city of approximately 150,000 people had about 200 new homes constructed over the past year, and projections are similar construction for the coming 12 months.
As new technologies improve the performance of solar panels and prices become increasingly more affordable, residential solar installations are certain to continue to increase. Using renewable energy is good for our planet and is an investment well-worth considering. If you would like more information about a solar system for your commercial or residential property, contact us at So-Cal Solar.
Sources: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Lancaster-CA-Becomes-First-US-City-to-Require-Solar, Image from shutterstock