By Iulia Gheorghiu for Utility Dive
- California’s policy to equip new homes with solar panels starting in 2020 passed its final hurdle on Wednesday, following unanimous approval by the state’s Building Standards Commission.
- The amendment to the state building code, approved in June by the California Energy Commission (CEC), is meant to save Californians a net $1.7 billion on energy bills, while advancing the state’s efforts to build-out renewable energy.
- The historic rooftop solar mandate is already generating out-of-state interest, inspiring proposed legislation by Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski to outfit new residential construction starting in 2019 with solar energy systems. A solar trade group is pleased with California’s development, but is waiting to see how it works out before making a big push in other states.
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