A first-of-its-kind requirement for solar power systems is going to be implemented in Lancaster, California. The requirement is that solar power systems be installed on all new single-family homes within the city. Furthermore, this announcement comes from a Republican mayor.
Although the rules require installation of only modest amounts of solar, this is the beginning of building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). The requirements are from 1 to 1.5 kW, depending on lot size. While some builders may go the cheapest solar panel route, others may use things like Dow’s solar shingles, while others might exceed the minimum amounts.
“One day, a person would no more think about buying a house without
solar shingles than they would buy a house without plumbing. That is our
hope, at least.” John Cleereman, Senior Director of Solar Development at
Dow Chemical Company. Lancaster, CA, is bringing that hope one step closer.