California will become the first state in the United States to require solar panels on new homes


On most freshly constructed households, California is set to become the first US state to make solar panels compulsory.Next week, the State's Energy Commission is due to vote on fresh energy norms that would require the construction of nearly all new homes with solar panels from 2020.Roughly 20 percent of single-family homes are currently being built with built-in solar capability, but this percentage will increase significantly if the new requirements are accepted as anticipated.

"California is about to make a quantum leap in energy norms," the California Building Industry Association's technical director, Bob Raymer, told The Mercury News. "No other nation state commands solar, and we're about to take that step." The fresh requirement would apply over three stories tall to all households.The fresh rules would also call for enhanced dependence on electricity over natural gas and enhanced battery storage in addition to the wider application of solar power.

The fresh mandate dates back over a century to the energy commission's objective of improving home building effectiveness so that "freshly built structures can be net zero energy for residential buildings by 2020 and commercial buildings by 2030."

"Net zero" would imply that all households would generate sufficient solar power to compensate for all the electricity and gas they use.

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