California Solar Forecast Bumped By 14% Over 4 Years By Solar Mandate

California Solar Forecast Bumped By 14% Over 4 Years By Solar Mandate

During the recent voting, the California Energy Commission voted 5-0 in favour of the legislation under which it will be mandatory for all new houses and buildings - up to three storeys - to install solar panels by 2020.

Under the plan, some new homes, including those located under shade, will be exempt from having solar panels.

According to the California Energy Commission (CEC), 74,154 new single-family homes would be built in 2020, which could translate into the addition of 222 MW of solar capacity at a size of 3 kW per home for that year. It represents the state's latest step to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar energy production systems could offer a new option for Farmers in Southern Illinois that could help them save money, become more self sufficient and become more environmentally friendly. This decision by California which is highly likely to be followed by at least some other states will accelerate this exponential growth.

Southern California Edison (SCE) supports the California Energy Commission's adoption of the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards ("Title 24").

The minimum amount of solar power required by the new standards wouldn't be enough to meet all the needs of most homes. The key objective of this policy is to provide a framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV hybrid system for optimal and efficient utilization of transmission infrastructure and land, reducing the variability in renewable power generation and achieving better grid stability.

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"We are the first, we will not be the last", commissioner David Hochschild said after the new mandate was adopted.

"That's just going to drive the cost up and make California, once again, not affordable to live", Assemblyman Brian Dahle, the chamber's GOP leader, said Tuesday.

"Farmers are dealing with and living in nature regularly, and so they are thinking long-term money wise, but they are also thinking long-term for the environment its kind of a flawless balance for farmers to think solar", Beck said.

California is already the nation's No. 1 market for solar installation.

California has set a goal of all residential buildings being "zero net energy", meaning they produce as much energy as they consume.

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