California has officially cleared the way for a new rule requiring solar panels to be built on all new houses.
The state’s Building Standards Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously for the final approval necessary for the new housing rule, according to the Mercury News.
The rule, the first of its kind in the nation, was first approved in May by the California Energy Commission. The mandate will apply to homes built in 2020 or later.
Kent Sasaki, one of the commissioners who voted to approve the change, praised the new code as “historic,” according to the Mercury Times.
The changes are estimated to add about $10,000 to the of building a single-family home, costs that are expected to be offset through reduced monthly energy costs over the lifespan of the solar panels.
Commissioners estimated that homeowners will save about $19,000 in energy costs over 30 years by having solar panels, according to NPR.
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