Solar Builder

JUL-AUG 2018

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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W e had another article lined up as the lead news item this month (now on pg. 12), but when the world's fifth largest economy mandates solar energy be included in every new home, we, like homebuild - ers, needed a new plan. Yes, if you have been trapped in a coal mine until now and missed it: California made history in May when the California Energy Commission (CEC) unanimously voted to require solar on all new "low-rise" residential buildings (single or multifamily of three stories or less) in the state starting in 2020. "Other states may not be ready for this step yet, but this is a precedent-setting policy — one that will bring enormous benefits and cost savings to consumers," said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA's president and CEO. "It is my hope and belief that when other states, many of which are developing rapidly growing solar markets of their own, see the benefits of this policy, they will develop simi - larly aggressive policies." While not as wild as our playful headline, this rule will have seismic effects. But at presstime, no one had traveled back from the future to tell us what those are, so let's explore some implications. Here's what people are saying about California's historic solar mandate By Chris Crowell IN THE NEWS END OF GRID THE as we know it and we feel fine It's the 8 J U LY / AU G U S T 2 0 1 8

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