Multifamily Housing and Industrial Buildings Must Embrace Solar

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) is submitting the California Energy Code 2022 to the California Building Standards Commission. The rules include a requirement that new buildings in California be equipped with solar and storage systems. They apply to multi-family and non-residential buildings such as office buildings, schools, restaurants, apartments and more.

This vote builds on California’s landmark decision in 2019 to install solar panels on virtually all new homes in the state. In addition to these requirements, the 2022 ruling requires that newly built homes in California be prepared for energy storage.

If the California Building Standards Commission confirms the CEC vote in December, the new requirements would go into effect on January 1, 2023.

“As a result of this vote, virtually all new buildings in California will be solar-powered, and many others may have battery storage when they open or occupy,” said Evelyn Butler, vice president of technical services for the Solar Energy Industries Association at California Energy’s recent release the commission. “These newly constructed buildings include office, retail, and medical buildings, schools, apartment complexes, and more. Buildings with solar and storage will provide Californians with cleaner and greener living and working spaces. The rules will go a long way towards improving grid reliability and local resilience, which is an integral part of our clean energy transformation. “

Image: “Sunset District Apartment Building” by mark.hogan

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