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California is now the first state in the USA to require solar panels on (almost) all homes built after January 1, 2020. The standards were adopted by the California Energy Commission this past Wednesday and include incentives for efficiency and energy storage as well. The new policy will apply to single-family homes and multifamily dwellings that are three stories or less, with some exceptions for homes in shady areas. The mandate is clearly good news for the solar industry — Tesla, Sunrun and SunPower stock prices all jumped after the vote — though critics warned that the requirement will increase the cost of a house by almost $10,000. A lawyer opining on the decision affirmed that this mandate “could turn residential solar into an appliance, like a water heater.”

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