Cal­i­for­nia’s so­lar man­date

The Week (US) - - 18 News -

Cal­i­for­nia could soon be­come “the first state to re­quire so­lar pan­els on nearly all new homes,” said Erin Ail­worth in The Wall Street Jour­nal. Its state en­ergy com­mis­sion ap­proved a man­date last week that all res­i­den­tial build­ings up to three sto­ries high, in­clud­ing sin­gle-fam­ily homes, be built with so­lar in­stal­la­tions from 2020. The com­mis­sion es­ti­mates that the re­quire­ment will add $9,500 to the av­er­age cost of a home in the state, which is the No. 1 so­lar mar­ket in the coun­try. So­lar makes up less than 2 per­cent of U.S. elec­tric­ity out­put, but Cal­i­for­nia is “a bell­wether” on en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency issues. The pro­posal needs fi­nal ap­proval from Cal­i­for­nia’s Build­ing Stan­dards Com­mis­sion, but that panel has tra­di­tion­ally adopted the en­ergy com­mis­sion’s recommendations.

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