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New Boulder County homes to go green

Published On: Jan 09 2013 12:44:51 PM CST
BOULDER -

Boulder County is requiring new single-family detached homes to be set up so owners can charge an electric car there - or at least be able to accommodate installation of an outlet to charge a 240-volt vehicle later.

The county's new building code also requires new single-family detached homes to have solar panels or solar thermal systems - or at least a conduit so the necessary wiring and plumbing can be easily installed later.

The changes took effect Jan. 1 and apply to construction on homes in unincorporated Boulder County.

In 2009, then-Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law a bill for builders to give homebuyers an opportunity for their homes to be set up for solar panels or solar thermal systems.

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