California should make solar decisions with math, not a magic wand

By Susan Shelley | Only 15 percent to 20 percent of new single-family homes built in California have solar panels, according to the California Building Industry Association, because 80 percent to 85 percent of homebuyers choose not to buy them.

So California regulators have decided it’s time to use force.

The California Energy Commission is set to vote today to require solar panels on the roof of every new home constructed in the state beginning in 2020.

This takes a lot of pressure off the manufacturers and contractors in the solar-panel business. Soon they won’t have to struggle to convince people that solar panels are worth what they cost.

It’s very difficult to persuade people that spending five-figure sums in order to pay less for electricity adds up to a good investment, given the average human life expectancy.

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