(USA)

The California Energy Commission agreed Wednesday that new homes built in the state from 2020 must include solar panels.

We reported earlier this week that the Commission was voting on the issue Wednesday, and as expected, they have backed plans requiring solar systems for new homes starting in 2020 – making it the first state in the country to do so.

“The buildings that Californians buy and live in will operate very efficiently while generating their own clean energy. They will cost less to operate, have healthy indoor air and provide a platform for ‘smart’ technologies that will propel the state even further down the road to a low emissions future,” said Commissioner Andrew McAllister, the Energy Commission’s lead on energy efficiency, in a news statement.