Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bill to Promote Solar Energy Use in New Homes Proceeds

The House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would give purchasers of a new home the right to request that the building equipped with solar panels or pre-wired for solar energy use.

The bill makes it possible for purchasers of a new home to incorporate solar technology into their mortgage.

“Not only does this legislation help Colorado homeowners easily access alternative energy, it also has the potential to increase overall resale value,” sponsoring Rep. Mike Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs, said. “Solar power helps people move away from traditional, finite energy sources, it help home-owners save money, and it helps to create good jobs, from installers to engineers.”

HB 1149 was adopted on a 57-6 vote.