California vote sets the stage for new solar and storage standards

California just took another step toward making solar energy the new standard.

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Mary Katherine Moore
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Author: Mary Katherine Moore

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Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

California just took another step toward making solar energy the new standard.

On August 11, the California Energy Commission voted unanimously to advance solar and storage requirements for all new commercial and high-rise residential buildings in the state. If passed by the Building Standards Commission, California will become the first state to adopt these requirements.

"This approval moves California a big step closer to reaching its clean energy goals," said Environment America Research & Policy Center Go Solar Campaign Director Bronte Payne. "Rooftop solar is among the best and fastest ways to generate clean energy, and we should be doing everything we can to accelerate its growth.”

The move comes as the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) weighs changes to net metering, including a proposal from the state's investor-owned utilities that would slash the compensation for the extra electricity solar owners put back into the grid. Environment California urges the CPUC to reject the utility proposal and maintain a strong net metering program.

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Photo: California could soon be the first state to require solar and storage on new commercial and high-rise multifamily buildings. Credit: NASA via Rawpixel, CC0 1.0

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.