Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter signed into law the “Solar Ready Homes” bill in May 2009. Introduced as HB 1149, the new law requires homebuilders to offer future homeowners an option for solar pre-wiring, and to provide purchasers with a list of contractors to install such technologies. In addition, the purchase of solar panels is also authorized to be included in mortgages. This law promotes the integration of renewable energy at the construction phase, where it is most affordable for the average homeowner.
The bill can be accessed at: http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/sl2009a/sl_235.pdf
The Governor’s press release can be viewed at: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/GovRitter/GOVR/1241443584034