New Law Encourages Solar Powered Homes

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

A new bill signed into law Monday will make it easier for home buyers to go green but even though industry experts are excited, the bill does nothing for existing homes.

Legislation may not be exciting to some people but for Heidi Ihrke it's cause for celebration.

"It's exciting for the solar industry," Ihrke, High Noon Solar Owner, told 11 News on Monday.

The bill requires home builders to offer homebuyers pre-wiring for solar systems.

"To be able to open up the conversation for new home buyers who maybe wouldn't have ever heard about solar in the past."

And as heating and cooling bills rise, Ihrke says the solar savings can really rack up fast.

But Duncan McArthur with the Home Builders Association of Northwest Colorado says the home buyers will still have to put up the initial investment and the bill only covers new homes.

"It's a challenge on the older existing homes to run the wiring," McArthur told 11 News on Monday.

He says not all home builders are trained to install solar wiring, something that could add exra work for construction companies but he says in the long run the work may be worth it.

"It makes it easier to install a solar system to the house if you have conduits in place or the wiring itself."

There's no word on how long the bill will translate into new business for Heidi Ihrke or if home buyers will buy into it.

"I think there's a lot to be done but this is the first step in a long road."

A road Irkhe is hoping leads to greener houses and green for her business.

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