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California Moves Toward Solar Panel Requirement

The Latest on California's move toward requiring solar panels on new homes.

Posted: May 9, 2018 12:46 PM
Updated: May 9, 2018 4:24 PM

UPDATE: 5/9/2018 4:23 p.m.

Chico, Calif.—The California Energy Commission has approved a requirement for solar panels on new homes starting in 2020.

The Commission vote Wednesday was a critical step toward possible final approval later this year by the state’s Building Standards Commission.

California would be the first state with such a requirement and Commissioner David Hochschild called the vote a bold and visionary step.

The commission also approved new requirements aimed at improving indoor air quality.

California has pursued a wide-ranging list of policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

No industry groups spoke in opposition to the solar panel requirements.

The commission says solar panels will increase the upfront cost of homes but is expected to save consumers more over the long run in energy costs.

Few industry groups outwardly oppose the plan after working for years with the commission to shape the regulations.

Republican legislative leaders said Californians can't afford to pay more for housing in the state's already extremely expensive market.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.
(AP) - The Latest on California's move toward requiring solar panels on new homes. 

The California Energy Commission has approved a requirement for solar panels on new homes starting in 2020.

The commission vote on Wednesday vote was a critical step toward possible final approval later this year by the state's Building Standards Commission.

California would be the first state with such a requirement and Commissioner David Hochschild called the vote a "bold and visionary step."

The commission also approved new requirements aimed at improving indoor air quality.

California has pursued a wide-ranging list of policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

No industry groups spoke in opposition to the solar panel requirements.

The commission says solar panels will increase the upfront cost of homes but is expected to save consumers more over the long run in energy costs.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.) 

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