Malibu News
New Law, More Solar Panels
By Nashfa Hawwa
Sep 21, 2013 - 2:58:56 PM

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MALIBU—The Malibu City Council may propose a new law that would require all new commercial developments to install solar panels to power new buildings.

 

The proposal will be brought to City Hall on Monday, September 23, by Mayor Joan House and Councilman Lou La Monte. The law, if adopted would improve Malibu’s standing in the “Green Building Standards Code,” which was passed by the City Council in 2011. The code was passed by the California Building Standards Commission in order to improve and maximize energy efficiency through integrated design and technology by adopting international green building conventions and codes such as the LEED certification and the rules of the “International Green Building Code.”

 

The outcomes of the discussion will lead to decisions on whether or not the proposed law will apply to both residential and non-residential development projects, and whether it will apply to only new projects that have not yet been approved.

 

Malibu, located at 34.0 degrees north latitude and 118.5 degrees west longitude, is in an ideally located geographic position, making the region receive just over 5.5 kilowatts of solar energy each square meter a day. An average solar panel installed in Malibu receives about 4,000 watts of solar power according to the California Solar Engineering website. The website states that having a solar panel installed in Malibu on average “translates into approximately 17,000 watt hours of consumable electricity per day. For context, that covers the entire energy consumption for a typical family of three and could save you over $80/month on your electric bill.”

 

This initiative in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of conventional energy sources to alternative cleaner energy sources, such as solar energy, reflects the dedication and innovation of the city of Malibu in improving the overall quality of life for residents in the city.



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