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California’s rooftop solar mandate will normalize clean energy

By Eillie Anzilotti, Fast Company

At the end of 2018, California gave final approval for new building codes that will require every new home built in the state to come equipped with rooftop solar, or source power from a
community solar array–starting in 2020. From a sustainability policy perspective, this is a huge step forward. “It’s definitely a bold move,” says Kelly Knutsen, director of technology
advancement for the California Solar and Storage Association (CalSSA), which pushed for the mandate to pass.

California is the first state in the country to adopt such a mandate, and it will apply to the
approximately 80,000 new homes built in the state every year. The code also requires new
construction to have more rigorous efficiency measures–like thicker insulation and tighter
sealing doors–and encourages building developers and solar providers to add onsite battery
storage and solar-powered water-heating systems alongside the rooftop arrays.
Read more here.

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