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Solar Panels Becoming Standard Feature on New Homes

In several markets across the country, solar panels are almost becoming a standard for new homes as their popularity soars, according to Bloomberg. Of the ten largest homebuilders, six say they now include solar panels in new construction, and consumer demand for them is expected to increase by 56 percent nationwide this year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

“In the next six months, homebuilders in California and the expensive-energy states will be going solar as a standard and just incorporating it into the cost of the house like any other feature,” CEO of solar contractor PetersenDean Inc., Jim Petersen, told Bloomberg.

Installing solar panels during construction is roughly 20 percent less expensive than doing so after the house is built. Solar panels cost between $10,000 to $20,000, but they can drastically reduce electricity bills.

Builder KB Home has been offering solar panels as an option within several of its communities in California, Nevada, Texas, and Colorado. It will soon do so in Arizona. The company is even developing 22 communities in California that include panels as a standard home feature.

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