California Solar Panels Becoming Mandatory New Homes

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

Remember the good old days, like 15 years ago, when you could buy solar panels in Sacramento for about $6,000 to cover a 2,000 square foot house and generate enough electricity to sell some back to the electric company for a profit? Ha! Nowadays, that objective seems like a dream.

True, I don't know much about solar panels apart from the expense, the cost to maintain and replace, and how buyers view solar panels. Why, I even have solar on my vacation house in Hawaii to run the water heater. But even that has a valve that lets me turn the source of energy back to Hawaii Electric, if it's cloudy for a while. Like it will be with all of that vog from Kilauea.

Now, however, in fewer than 2 years, all new homes in California now require solar panels, among other energy efficient improvements. From a purely real estate point of view, solar panels alone don't really add more value and can be a drawback. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Solar Panels Mandatory by 2020 for all new California Homes.

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Nina Hollander
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Hi Elizabeth... I heard that somewhere on the news either today or yesterday... like you, I have mixed feelings about how this will work going forward. I'm sure at the very least it will add cost to the price of new construction.

May 10, 2018 08:48 AM #1
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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As an EcoBroker, I too have mixed feelings - much as I did regarding the the energy savings mercury light bulbs - and danger of breaking them, storing them, disposing of them...etc.  It will be interesting to see how this is first implemented - and then, how long the solar panels last on homes. 

May 10, 2018 01:50 PM #2
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Hi Elizabeth- I have the same mixed feelings you do as well. I'm all for doing what I can to reduce my footprint and impact (drive a Prius, recycle, etc) but while the idea of harnessing the sun sounds good, the implementation leaves a lot to be desired. How many people actually live in their home for 30 years anymore? And as Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD pointed out, those light bulbs are not only ugly but are a pain. 

May 10, 2018 05:51 PM #3
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Nina Hollander Good to know I am not alone, although I suspect I am far more excited over green technology.

May 10, 2018 06:32 PM #4
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I know we're all supposed to have water saving devices in our homes, but I really love my 1948 toilet. It's not going anywhere, LOL.

May 10, 2018 06:32 PM #5
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Kathy Streib Well, obviously, we also do not want to price more people out of our housing market.

May 10, 2018 06:33 PM #6
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Elizabeth, I too heard this on our local news, and wonder how long it will take to spread across the states.

May 11, 2018 05:26 AM #7
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At least there is some control since it's new houses, although that's quite a big chunk to add to construction costs. PS. Meant to ask how the new volcanic action is impacting your Big Island of Hawaii vacation house. 

May 11, 2018 06:07 AM #8
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I think the worst solar deals are ones that have homeowners renting the panels.  Those agreements often create havoc when homes come on the market for sale.

May 14, 2018 04:38 AM #9
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® My neighbors said they felt the earthquake, so I can only hope the caulk in my ceilings held, LOL. I'll see how bad it is in a couple of weeks. Probably just VOG to deal with.

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Myrl Jeffcoat Those agreements are expensive to pay off. I don't know if you've enountered that yet, but I've had a couple of clients have to pay off the solar leases in order to sell. One client in Elk Grove spent almost $35,000 to pay off the panels and barriers (because birds clog them up). $35,000 that she could have spent on almost anything else. But no. Buyers refused to assume the lease.

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