In our line of work, we deal with countless municipal regulations that dictate everything from the footprint of a house to the type of sewage disposal method. Although we can achieve credits with certain regulatory entities by incorporating solar panels into the design, there is no law in Pennsylvania that requires houses to have them. But that is not the case on the west coast.

Back in early May, California introduced a law that states that new houses constructed in 2020 and beyond must have solar panels. What was previously a choice for each individual homeowner is now a mandate for anyone looking to build a house in the golden state. While California has long been at the forefront of progressive environmental regulations, this comes at an interesting time. High housing costs continue to be a concern and including solar panels to the build would bump up the cost about $10,000, experts estimate.

It will be interesting to see what impacts this has moving forward. The solar industry already has a huge market in California and this law is only expected to grow that. On the flip side, homebuilding companies are predicting a decline in stocks as a result of the law. Only time will tell…