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Oregon Governor Kate Brown Calls For Solar Ready Homes By 2020


Last week, Gov. Kate Brown signed an executive order saying in about three years, all new homes must be built wired and ready to install solar panels.

Currently, homes in Oregon are not necessarily designed to have solar panels put on top of them.

That means if a homeowner wants to add the panels, they often have to pay to retrofit their homes. That may mean, among other things, adding new wiring inside.

The governor's executive order would require all homes built after September 2020 to have that wiring set up. All the homeowner would have to do is purchase whatever solar panel system they choose.

The Oregon Environmental Council, which helped work on the executive order, says it will give homeowners an incentive to put in the cleaner energy solar panels.

"It gets your home set up and ready for solar panels so if you choose them in the futur