U.S. Department of Energy

    Colorado Passes "Solar Ready Homes" Legislation

    May 5, 2009

    On May 4, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed a bill that will encourage construction of "solar ready homes" as part of a long-term strategy to make renewable energy more accessible to residents and to create new jobs across the state.

    The bill:

    • Requires homebuilders to offer prospective homeowners the options of having their home pre-wired for a photovoltaic solar generation system and pre-wired and pre-plumbed for a solar thermal system
    • Requires homebuilders to provide homeowners with a list of solar system installers derived from a master list maintained by the Governor's Energy Office (GEO)
    • Gives homebuyers the ability to incorporate solar technology purchases into their original mortgage
    • Directs the GEO to offer training on solar electric and solar thermal systems to builders of single-family detached homes.

    The bill is aimed at helping homeowners move away from finite energy sources and save money by having the solar system prep work performed at the most economical point in the building process. Homes that are "solar ready" are also expected to have higher resale values. Furthermore, the bill is expected to help create jobs for engineers who design the systems and for system installers.

    For more information, see the governor's May 4 press release and the text of the bill.

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