Hot Purple Energy employees Jeremiah Moore, left, and Chris Ritter install solar stanchions on a new housing project under construction adjacent to the Riviera hotel in Palm Springs on May 15, 2018. The 64-unit development will have solar panels on all eight buildings.

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California will require most new homes to have rooftop solar panels starting in 2020 — and Coachella Valley residents could save more money than anyone else in the state.

On average, California home buyers are expected to save nearly $10,000 from the solar mandate and other new energy-efficiency rules. New home prices are estimated to rise by about $9,500, but utility bills are estimated to fall by $19,000 over the 30-year lifetime of the typical solar installation, according to an analysis released by the California Energy Commission, which approved the new rules in a unanimous vote last week. 

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