If you buy a new home, you expect it to come with heating, plumbing and wiring. What if it also came with solar power?

As reported by Roofing Contractor on Sept. 18, Environment Massachusetts-backed legislation would make the state the second in the country to require rooftop solar power systems to be installed on all new buildings. The article references Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center’s “Solar Homes” report, which found the proposed legislation would add more than 2,300 megawatts of solar capacity. That's double the state’s current solar capacity.

“At the end of the day, if we’re building a new building in Massachusetts today, there is no reason why that building should not have solar panels on its roof as long as there is enough solar exposure,” said Environment Massachusetts State Director Ben Hellerstein to MetroWest Daily News in a Sept. 16 article.

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Photo: “At the end of the day, if we’re building a new building in Massachusetts today, there is no reason why that building should not have solar panels on its roof as long as there is enough solar exposure,” said Environment Massachusetts State Director Ben Hellerstein. Credit: Olivier Le Queinec via Shutterstock.