Google plans to rebuild California hometown to 'prioritise people over cars'

It was only a matter of time before this happened and now it’s official. Most new homes in California will now be required to have solar panels on their rooftops. This is the first building code of its kind that was approved by the Building Standards Commission this week. There are some exceptions, though, but the code will apply to most new homes in the state. Starting January 1st, 2020, new condos, homes, and low-rise apartments will be required to have solar panels on their rooftops for generating renewable energy. The code provides an exception for homes that are blocked by taller objects such as trees and properties that don’t have room for panels on the roof.Some have expressed concerns whether this might lead to a further increase in property prices while not providing substantial energy savings. However, some estimates suggest that homeowners can save up to $60,000 over 25 years while also reducing the strain on the electric grid particularly during peak hours.As previously mentioned, th

Google plans to rebuild California hometown to 'prioritise people over cars'

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Mon 10 Dec 18 from The Independent

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Google shares designs of revamped campus complete with parks, housing and retail

Google's new Mountain View campus will cover a sprawling space of 3.12 million square feet, in addition to 400,000 square feet of retail space, 8,000 new homes and 35 acres of public areas.

Mon 10 Dec 18 from Daily Mail

Google submits massive development plan for Mountain View

According to Mountain View city documents obtained by CNBC, the company has extensive real estate holdings centering around the North Bayshore area. Google is planning 3.12 million square feet ...

Mon 10 Dec 18 from Techspot

Google's Mountain View development plans include affordable housing

Google is still tweaking its Mountain View expansion plans, and the public just got a clearer glimpse of what those changes could entail. The city has published a Google development ...

Sun 9 Dec 18 from Engadget

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California officially becomes first state in US to require new homes to be powered by solar energy

California has become the first state in the US to mandate that all new homes built in the Golden State must be solar powered, after law makers passed a historic vote on December 5.

Fri 7 Dec 18 from Daily Mail

California Will Now Require Solar Panels on New Homes Starting in 2020

Single and small multi-family homes must include solar panels starting in 2020. Recent extreme weather events such as wildfires and drought make the need clear, a state official says.

Thu 6 Dec 18 from KQED Science

California Approves Building Code To Make Solar Panels Mandatory

It was only a matter of time before this happened and now it’s official. Most new homes in California will now be required to have solar panels on their rooftops. This is the first building ...

Thu 6 Dec 18 from Ubergizmo

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