California to become first state to require solar in new homes

In this Oct. 16, 2015 file photo a solar panel is installed on the roof of the Old Governor's Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

SACRAMENTO — Moving to cut energy use in new homes by more than 50 percent, the California Energy Commission Wednesday adopted building standards that require solar photovoltaic systems starting in 2020.

The building energy-efficiency standards, which are the first in the nation to require solar, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 115,000 fossil fuel cars off the road, CEC said.

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