Sacramento – This week, the California Energy Commission is scheduled to decide whether the state will become the first in the nation to mandate new energy standards requiring solar panels for new housing construction beginning in 2020. According to estimates by the California Building Industry Association, only about 20 percent of new homes built today include solar panels. The mandate will accelerate the deployment and utilization of this renewable energy source. Although most builders would prefer a more measured approach to mandated solar deployment, the Building Industry Association has none the less, indicated most builders are prepared to adhere to the new requirements.
In addition to the solar mandate, the new measures are also expected to include a recommendation to increase reliance on electricity over natural gas among other considerations.