California mandates solar panels on all new homes by 2020

CBC Radio (Canada) quoted Richard Green of the USC Lusk Center on why mandating solar panels for new housing in California may drive up housing costs.

“I think mandates tend to be bad policy,” Green says. “If you make it more expensive to buy a new house, then rich people stay in old houses and you don’t free up the old houses for other people and so you continue to make those houses more expensive.”

And the cost of going solar could go up even further.

 

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