Environment America fights for solar rule for new US homes
Rooftop solar array. Featured Image: Ralf Gosch/Shutterstock.com
Environment America, a US network of state environmental groups, on Tuesday announced a campaign seeking to convince more states to follow California's example and put in place a requirement to have solar panels installed on all newly built houses.
As part of the campaign, the network will publicly recommend the introduction of such a rule in at least 10 states, including Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Texas.
The goal is to have ten states introduce bills with a solar home requirement in the coming two years, even if they differ slightly. California was the first state to do so in January.
According to Environment America, having solar modules on all new homes between 2020 and 2026 would result in a combined solar power capacity exceeding the current overall capacity in the US. In addition, it will help lower carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 161 million metric tonnes in 2045.