After the revolutionary decision to introduce the obligation to install solar panels in the construction of houses and buildings up to three floors, California went a step further, and proposed this obligation for new commercial and public facilities, as well as for real estate renovation. If adopted, the measures, which include the installation of batteries for energy storage, will take effect on January 1, 2023.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) announced that it has proposed new energy efficiency standards (Energy Code for 2022) for new and renovated buildings to support the achievement of public health, climate change and clean energy goals.
Climate Neutrality Before 2045
California has set a goal of reaching climate neutrality as soon as possible, but no later than 2045.
Mandatory installation of solar panels for new and renovated buildings, as well as battery installation, is an extension of the decision to introduce the obligation to install solar panels in 2020. maximum three floors. When it was adopted, in 2018, California was the only country in the United States to do so, and in May this year, the German capital Berlin took a similar path.
The Energy Code of 2022 envisages the extension of the obligation to install solar panels and batteries to apartment buildings, hotels, motels, residential spaces, rental spaces, business premises, buildings for health services, clinics, retail, shops, restaurants, schools, theaters, congress centers.
Residential and business sector spends almost 70 percent of electricity in California and is responsible for 25 percent of emissions of greenhouse gases
Ecological Impact Of Mandatory Solar Panels
California Energy Commission expects the new standards, which, in addition to solar relating to the use of heat pumps, electrification of households in the next 30 year reduces consumer costs by about $ 1.5 billion and greenhouse gas emissions by 10 million tons, which is equivalent to removing nearly 2.2 million cars from the roads for a period of one year.
Nearly 70 percent of California’s electricity is consumed by households and businesses, which are responsible for a quarter of total greenhouse gas emissions.
It is anticipated that in the next 30 years the new rules allow consumers to save $ 1.5 billion and to reduce emissions by 10 million tons
Due to the expansion of standards for solar panels and in the renovation of buildings is that at least 50 percent of family houses and almost 60 percent of residential complexes in California (about 14 million apartments) were built before the first standards adopted by the agency.
The California Energy Commission is the state agency for primary energy policy and planning with a mission to pave the way to the future with 100 percent clean energy. The agency adopts new standards every three years to increase energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of buildings.
Its latest proposal must be approved by the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) in December 2021. Entry into force will be delayed until 2023 to allow all stakeholders to prepare for the new standards.