California first state to mandate solar power for new homes

  • In this photo file taken Monday, May 7, 2018, solar panels are seen on the rooftop on a home in a new housing project in Sacramento, Calif. California is the first state in the nation to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered. The Building Standards Commission voted unanimously Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, to add the energy standards to the state building code. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

LOS ANGELES — California became the first state in the nation to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered, following a vote by the Building Standards Commission.

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