Solar homes to skyrocket under California’s new energy rules

Workers install solar panels on the roofs of homes under construction south of Corona Thursday morning May 3, 2018. State energy officials are expected to adopt new building standards making California the first state in the nation to mandate solar being installed on most new homes built in the state starting in 2020. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Workers install solar panels on the roofs of homes under construction south of Corona Thursday morning May 3, 2018. State energy officials are expected to adopt new building standards making California the first state in the nation to mandate solar being installed on most new homes built in the state starting in 2020. (Photo by Will Lester- The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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.

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