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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
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dateline: 09 May 2018

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California Mandates Solar Power on New Homes

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • solar panel: a device that absorbs the sun’s rays and converts it to energy, such as heat and electricity
  • reduce: to use less
  • greenhouse gases: types of gases that trap heat and make Earth warmer (e.g., fossil fuels)
  • mandate: an official order
  • shade: out of the sunlight
  • mortgage: a loan for the purchase of a home that one pays back with interest
  • take initiative: to make a change independently

California Mandates Solar Power on New Homes

California is taking a major step in reducing greenhouse gases by mandating the use of solar panels on new homes and buildings in the state. If approved, the mandate will apply to new homes and buildings built after January 2020. Some will apply, including homes and buildings that are completely in shade. The solar panels will bring an added cost to home prices, but the in energy will more than cover the extra mortgage costs. Builders will be adding solar panels to homes or creating shared power systems. is the first US state to take this energy-saving initiative.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is this report mainly about?
  2. When does this change come into effect?
  3. How does this mandate affect future home buyers in California?

Discussion Question

Do you think solar panels should also be mandated on existing homes and apartment buildings in California? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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