California's rooftop solar rule is a pricey path to emissions reductions

California homes may soon be equipped with solar panels

California homes may soon be equipped with solar panels

California updates its building energy efficiency standards every three years, and the state's ultimate goal is net-zero energy homes that reduces the carbon footprint of buildings and makes them effectively energy self-sufficient.

State Sen. Scott Wiener pushed for the solar requirement while on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and also introduced a bill a year ago that would have required all new commercial and residential buildings to have solar panels. "The solar panel decision is just the latest example of what critics see as the state's ever-evolving nanny-state policies", Fox added.

Representatives from construction groups, public utilities and solar manufacturers all spoke in support of the plan, which they've helped the commission develop for years. That means homeowners with the rooftop solar systems will be able to capture cheap electricity during the middle of the day and to keep that power onsite for evening hours when rates tend to go up.

The California Energy Commission voted unanimously, 5-0, to add the requirement to the state's building code. Last year, the California Association of Realtors released a report saying that about 70 percent of the state couldn't afford the median home price of more than $550,000.

California just mandated that almost all new homes have solar, starting in less than two years.

The regulations include exceptions for when solar panels aren't cost-effective or feasible, such as on a home shrouded in shade.

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The new requirements could lead to a rise in demand for batteries to be installed with solar systems, said Lynn Jurich, chief executive officer of Sunrun Inc., the largest USA residential solar installer. How much this hurts other users is disputed, and varies by location, but California's energy commission says it could conceivably cost other ratepayers money.

"This is an undeniably historic decision for the state and the USA", said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade association with about 1,000 member companies.

California has already made giant strides in adding renewable-energy generation, which has started to create its own set of problems.

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"The case for this was extremely strong", said Andrew McAllister, the commissioner who took the lead at the CEC in putting together the rule with input from builders as well as environmental groups.

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

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