Bay Area town may require solar panels on all new homes

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Across the bay from San Francisco, solar panels are already standard in this small town

February 24, 2015

Tiburon, Calif., is considering a proposal to require all new single-family homes be equipped with solar panels. Current homes would be exempt from the mandate even if they undergo remodeling.

The town only has between 5 and 10 new houses built each year, however, and most of those are tear-downs of existing buildings. With the high price of new homes in the area, solar panels have become standard equipment anyway. Town officials say such a requirement is likely to become state law in the future.

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