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Boulder County Updates Building Code

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Solar panels (credit: CBS)

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — 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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