California’s Rooftop Solar Mandate Wins Final Approval

By [email protected] It’s official. All new homes in California must incorporate solar power starting in 2020.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) passed the measure in May as an update to the state’s 2019 Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards. On Wednesday, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) signed off on the plan — a first of its kind for the nation.

The new standards require that all new homes under three stories high install solar panels starting January 1, and that solar systems are sized to net out the annual kilowatt-hour energy usage of the dwelling. The codes also incentivize “demand

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