Here’s a great idea!

California could become the first state to require solar panels on all newly built single-family houses.

But we could put a uniquely New Zealand CoL twist on it and make it apply, retrospectively, to all rental properties; another good kicking for capitalist landlords!? All cost on the landlord, all saving to the tenants on their power bills. Quote:

[…] The new building standards ? which also include updated insulation mandates ? are a piece of California’s ambitious plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions in coming decades. That will require sweeping policy changes to promote renewable energy, electric vehicles and even denser neighborhoods where people have to drive less for daily trips.

“This is going to be a significant increase in the solar market in California,” Kelly Knutsen of the trade group California Solar & Storage Assn. said of the new requirement. “We are also sending a national message that ? we are a leader in the clean energy economy.” End of quote.

Oooh! We in the CoL like sending messages, we like being leaders, please, please can we do this too? Quote:

The rules should result in more jobs in the state’s solar industry and promote emerging technology by letting builders meet other energy efficiency requirements through batteries that store a home’s solar-generated power, Knutsen said. End of quote.

Oh, yes, “Green Jobs” is always a great promise. Never delivers much, but sounds really good.? Let’s Do This! Quote:

At the moment, about a fifth of new houses in California come with solar panels, one business group estimates.

“Going to 100% is a really big, big jump,” said Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry & Commerce Assn., which represents San Fernando Valley businesses and opposes the mandate.

While addressing one of the state’s most pressing challenges ? reducing greenhouse gas emissions ? the requirements seem to exacerbate, at least in the short run, another: the increasingly high cost of housing. End of quote.

Pfft?(we’ll make the landlords pay) they’re rich! Quote:

Some housing proponents have criticized the role that state and local mandates play in driving housing costs higher. In California’s coastal communities, at least, research has found that the sharp rise in housing costs is mostly driven by rising land costs, said Issi Romem, chief economist at BuildZoom, a permit and contractor data analysis website.

“Home prices have detached from construction costs,” Romem wrote in a recent blog post.

He placed the blame on local zoning that limits how many homes can be built in highly sought-after neighborhoods. End of quote.

They should send a fact-finding team over here. Have you any idea how many houses Phil can fit on a small piece of Unitec land?? Thousands of them! Quote:

[…] A spokeswoman for the Energy Commission, Amber Beck, said buyers of new homes on average would see monthly mortgage payments rise by $40, while their monthly utility bills would decline by $80.

Over time, such savings would more than make up for an increased down payment ? even if builders passed along every cent in costs, something that isn’t a certainty. The commission put average total utility savings at $19,000 in today’s dollars over a 30-year period, taking inflation into account. End of quote.

Oh, yes: the builders will happily absorb some of the costs and not pass on every cent.? Snort! Quote:

[…] In addition to the new standards for residential buildings, there would be additional energy-efficient lighting requirements for new commercial buildings. In all, the Energy Commission said it expects the rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.4 million metric tons over three years.

That’s tiny compared with California’s overall goal ? to slash annual emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, something that from the most recent estimate of current emissions in 2015 requires a reduction of 180 million metric tons. End of quote.

It is less than tiny, it is way less than minuscule, it is about one-thousandth of one percent of the world’s CO2 emissions. Quote:

But Beck said “every drop in the bucket counts,” […] End of quote.

Full disclosure:

I have a 3 kW solar array on my roof, we are home during the day and can control appliance use to suit the sun and maximise the benefits of solar power. I record and graph everything and remain to be convinced that I made a wise financial decision to install the solar panels. It certainly was not a “save the planet” decision, purely financial.