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California Solar-Energy

California Requires Solar Panels on All Homes and Windmills on All Farms

By Bruce Bialosky

As you are aware, Governor Jerry Brown has stated that California will go its own way during the Trump Administration. One of the biggest issues that Brown and his allies in the state legislature have focused on is climate change. They have decided to take matters in their own hands and make California a totally renewable energy state.

The California Senate Majority Leader Kevin de León has introduced a new bill that would mandate the Golden State get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045.  This replaces a law that was passed in 2016 that dictated that renewable energy sources be 50% of all electricity produced by 2030.  This bill moves that requirement up to 2025 with the 50% edict and establishes the new 100% standard 20 years later.

What has not been widely discussed in the press – and buried in the details of the bill – is that all new homes and all homes sold must have solar panels as their source of energy.  All apartment buildings with more than four units must install solar panels by 2025, and all commercial and office buildings must do the same.  As for farms, they must commit 25% of their acreage to windmills.

A Democratic member of the Senate told us “We cannot wait any longer to save the planet.  The time is now.”  We asked him about the economic effect of the bill.   He stated, “This will be a huge economic stimulus for California.  Now all my family members who are here as undocumented workers can get a job.  It will take the burden off me of supporting them.  Who do you think is going to climb on all those roofs and install those solar panels?”

“We are very concerned about the effects on the poor of California.  California has the highest poverty rate in the nation.”  We asked the Senator how the people outside Silicon Valley and Beverly Hills are going to pay for the costs of upgrading their homes.  The Senator spoke of the federal subsidies for this…

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