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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 6:37:34 AM

In the high desert city of Lancaster, Calif., not too far from where telephone pole-hoarding folk hero Alan Kimble Fahey was forced to demolish his home and where a former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad known only as The Bride had her nuptials officially ruined, mayor R. Rex Parris recently announced a pioneering update to the city’s residential building code: Starting on Jan. 1, 2014, all newly constructed single-family homes must include a 1.0 kW solar system at bare minimum.

A law mandating solar for all new homes? That’s right … a bold — and certainly historic — move but not entirely surprising for the Los Angeles County city of more than 155,000 that leads the state of California in solar generating capacity.
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teenitup
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 10:32:01 AM

Eroding freedom of choice one step at a time through government mandates. And some just don't recognize their freedoms being denied as they allow themselves to enslavement.
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 7:20:28 AM

Alrighty then
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remay
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 6:51:51 AM

Sounds like something that ought to be suggested in OTHER "sunny" states.
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 5:51:28 AM

Thank you for submitting this article, beta11.
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DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 3:58:45 AM

where 'sun' days are a high percentage, go for it
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bston
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 12:21:42 AM

Another intrusion by big government in our lives.
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 4:37:27 PM


All new homes in a desert city equipped with solar? Great idea. That will help make utility bills smaller. People in existing homes would then have the option to get solar.
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Robert44
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:13:00 PM

Also, Predict a boom to new houses being built and finish by December 31, 2013. When those houses are bought up then used house market will go thru the roof ( & solar panels) !!
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Robert44
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:59:05 PM

So I am guessing the homeowners pick up costs of piece of green crap strap to my new house that no one right frame of mind would every buy!!!!!!!!!!
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:24:49 PM

Should help to smooth out the brownouts that happen during the day when everybody's A/C is chugging away.
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teenitup
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:30:29 PM

Well here come another elimination of freedom of choice from Kaliformia!
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:26:11 PM

Way to go! Hawaii already takes advantage of the sun and other sunny states should too.
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mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 11:45:25 AM

Just what the Lancaster real estate market needs. Green imbecility at its worst.
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MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 11:40:17 AM

Nanny government is popular over there.
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DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 11:22:57 AM

To me it would make more sense to make them more energy efficient. ie better insulation, dual pane windows etc.

[Edited by: DesertRat2011 at 3/7/2013 11:24:47 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 11:10:41 AM

We need to say no to these mandates. Government has to much control over our lives.
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fuel2use
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 11:09:24 AM

Lets see what happens.
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 10:50:44 AM

Sounds like a Soap Opera.
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 10:35:53 AM

They will soon force citizens to wear uniforms and eat broccoli on Tuesdays.
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jeffbone
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 10:11:24 AM

Another Big Brother mandate from the nanny state of Kal-ee-foorn-ee-ahh. Let me guess, there'll be a state tax credit from the empty coffers in Sacramento, too...
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 9:38:23 AM

great ... give them free ..
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jimgraham
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 9:18:16 AM

A 7000 square foot lot? Lancaster is a ghetto???

The cheap houses that can be built in such allotments will be priced out of the market by adding that much to the costs of construction..
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 9:05:02 AM

Big brother is controlling your life more and more
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merlinCO
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 9:00:26 AM

All new homes should be required to recycle grey water, have geothermal heat and have their own solar panels with a windmill!
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gbs1
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:52:26 AM

More government regulation
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beachd8
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:49:30 AM

I also disagree with mandating stuff like this in general.
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beachd8
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:48:31 AM

The cost of solar still far exceeds the potential benefit for an average house. With a utility bill of only $100/mo the payoff won't be seen for years -- longer than many people own their homes.
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:47:23 AM

Since you are financing it with a mortgage, go larger!!!
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Wally3023
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:42:47 AM

A 1kw system is really small, about 3 panels and fairly inexpensive. Most single family homes could handle 7 - 10 kw or more.
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wavery
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:42:46 AM

Might hurt in the short run, but that's a lot of solar power when all said and done.
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Evilmaddog
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:32:46 AM

WOW
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FPLREP
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:23:26 AM

One KW minimum? That will not run your hot water heater or a hair dryer for that matter. Hairdryers draw 1.5 Kw.
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JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:21:46 AM

Look for a dip in housing starts in Lancaster, California!
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:11:39 AM

More big brother, and who will pay for them?
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:10:58 AM

I would love to have some
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 8:02:01 AM

Who makes the money on that deal?
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:59:28 AM

just the beginning. get used to it(a tough concept for many gasbuddyers). solar is here.
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sabre75
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:52:46 AM

Don't think this will fly well with most people.
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Joeski1
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:49:48 AM

While this is a great idea, the fact that it's mandated will likely make it more costly even with panel and installation costs being the lowest ever.

I wholly recommend solar Pv.

If you're not onboard , you are falling behind and missing out on what power is available from my best friend in the sky, old man sol!
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leeac
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:46:58 AM

This is a big first. Some day all new homes will make use of solar energy.
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doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:45:36 AM

The people there must be a special kind of stupid.
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:42:42 AM

It is interesting to note that these are all new builds beginning in 2014. Based upon what I know about housing costs in California (not a whole lot), seems this added expense is going to be just a drop in the bucket for most.
Interestingly, it's not a bad plan, but the expense on older homes (not required) might be a sticking point for a great deal of the population.
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You cannot cure stupid.
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:38:52 AM

we don't need more government mandates/regulation
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:31:17 AM

I know from my solar air heater and solar hot water systems that solar really pays for itself, and fast, even in the cold Great White North 3500 miles or so away from sunny Lancaster CA. Complete payback time less than 4 years, annual savings in heating oil/electricity about $4000, year after year after year.

My entire house even in dark dreary winter averages only about 10 kW/hours of electricity a day after switching to LED lighting etc, and about 4 or less in summer when I hang washing on the line instead of using the electric dryer.

My payback time for installing solar PV electric panels would be about 8 years at current prices, north of 46 degrees. Lancaster is south of 35 degrees...payback in half the time I betcha. Wished I lived in a place as relentlessly sunny and warm as Lancaster CA. (my place is more like Germany hahaha!)



[Edited by: orphancarguyPE at 3/7/2013 7:31:41 AM EST]
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mandoid
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:29:25 AM

so right humblepie
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:27:39 AM

sounds like maybe some Lancaster officials are hooked into the local solar businesses.
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:23:01 AM

Solarpactacular!

Let the sunshine in.
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:14:40 AM

And not a drop of baseload
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:13:34 AM

just like obamacare.........a stupid expense
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Message Posted: Mar 7, 2013 7:13:33 AM

more government intrusion into our lives.
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