Ordinance filed at Tesla’s hometown requires new houses to use solar panels

Article by Christian A., on May 12, 2017

California has a resourceful goal of having all new homes produce "zero net energy" by the year 2020, it roughly translates to producing at least as much energy as they can consume. Now the Elon Musk-headed company is no longer only selling electric vehicles, but renewable energy sources as well. And now Tesla has its only production factory in the city of Fremont.

The California-based energy company is venturing on a new business by the latter part of this year- the solar roof business, and this further undertaking will be initially observed at the homes located in the vicinity of the company's main factory. This is all due to the ordinance passed by the city council of Fremont, California on May 2 that firmly requires newly constructed houses and apartment complexes to install solar roof panels. The decision will work with a measure dating back from October that will require new construction to install mandatory wiring to be able to charge electric vehicles. The prescribed solar cell size will differ based on the size of the structure, and the ordinance necessitates an installation location that augments exposure to the sun.

Rachel DiFranco, Fremont's sustainability coordinator, said that they have over 5,000 electric vehicle drivers found in Fremont and they would like to observe if the drivers preferring an electric vehicle would increase and double over the next handful of years. Moreover, there’s also a call to obtain permission to install the cells found on the ground or one can utilize a wind turbine as a substitute. The state's building standards and energy commissions urge to approve the plan before all of it becomes official while this ordinance is through the city government. The process may take a few months, according to the local East Bay Times newspaper.

The Elon Musk-led energy company initially announced its Solar Roof plan in October of 2016, but only recently released important details regarding the new product. The average homeowner is required to pay an estimated $21.85 per square foot the system, as stated by a blog post of the company. Moreover, the firm is offering different finishes for the tiles that includes smooth, textured and slate. The California-based energy company is planning to begin installing the Solar Roof probably this summer. The American company also provides a lifetime warranty for the tiles and also promises them to be able to generate power for over 30 years.

An interactive calculator found on the company's website can assist consumers to have an estimate on how much electricity the tech would generate for their own home. Fremont is a fit candidate to be able to receive for solar and electric vehicle initiatives, as Tesla now presents products to service both needs. The energy and automotive producer company is expected to soon unveil its Model 3 electric car, which will cost less than its recent releases. This is a good step for a greener future, and we cannot agree more with the new plan of Tesla.

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