California now requires solar power for all homes built after 2020

The California Energy Commission, in a unanimous vote Wednesday, approved a mandate requiring that all new housing in the state built after 2020 come with installed solar power.

The action brings California a step closer to its goal of having all new housing in the state use zero net energy. It could also add thousands of dollars to the upfront cost of a new home.

“This is an undeniably historic decision for the state and the U.S.,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based…

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