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In May 2018, the California Energy Commission took another step toward requiring all new homes under three stories to have solar panels installed beginning in 2020. Currently, only between 15 and 20 percent of new single-family homes in California install rooftop solar. While solar may make economic and environmental sense for some, CGO researchers Christopher Koopman and Josh Smith contend that mandating it for all Californians will backfire by worsening the state’s housing affordability crisis, disincentivizing the building of more energy-efficient houses, and continuing to hurt the poor.
Read the full piece as it was published by Market Urbanism.