Utility Dive – Utilities are welcoming a historic rooftop solar building code in California, but urging caution with its implementation in order to protect non-solar customers. At the same time, utilities and solar developers are calling for a dialogue among stakeholders to effectively integrate additional rooftop solar into the grid.
The California Energy Commission approved the 2019 Building Energy Code May 9, requiring renewable energy access for all new residential homes in the state starting in 2020. The standard is important for the state's ambitious climate and renewable energy goals.
The largest investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in the state have supported solar energy growth, with each pursuing initiatives to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions. Among those utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison (SCE), support the rooftop solar mandate, company spokespersons told Utility Dive.
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