California will see a sixfold jump in sun-powered homes built each year following a “landmark” vote Wednesday requiring solar panels for virtually all new homes by 2020.
The California Energy Commission, which oversees energy portions of the state building code, voted 5-0 to adopt the solar-power mandate. One commissioner called it a “landmark vote” sending a message about the state’s resolve to curb global warming.
The vote is just the latest development in an ongoing confrontation over climate change between the Trump administration in Washington and Gov. Jerry Brown in Sacramento.