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SB-71 Electricity: solar energy systems.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/01/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 01, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 71


Introduced by Senator Wiener

January 09, 2017


An act to add Article 2 (commencing with Section 25408) to, and to add the heading of Article 1 (commencing with Section 25406) to, Chapter 5.1 of Division 15 of the Public Resources Code, relating to energy.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 71, as amended, Wiener. Electricity: solar energy systems.
Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to develop design guidelines for new construction that include energy conserving options, including, among other things, building envelope solar heat gain control mechanisms and alternative energy systems such as solar energy for space heating and water heating and load management strategies. Existing law requires the commission to initiate a public proceeding to study and make findings as to whether, and under what conditions, solar energy systems should be required on new residential and new nonresidential buildings.
Existing regulations on building standards require certain residential and nonresidential buildings to have a solar zone, as defined, on the roof of the building that is designated and reserved for solar electric or solar thermal systems and that meets certain specifications relating to minimum area, orientation, and shading, among other things.
This bill would require a solar electric or solar thermal system to be installed in the solar zone of those residential and nonresidential buildings on which construction commences on or after January 1, 2018, during that construction. The bill would authorize the California Building Standards Commission, in collaboration with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and other relevant state agencies, to adopt regulations to impose additional standards on solar electric and solar thermal systems on those buildings to reflect the most recent technology available.

Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Existing statutes and decisions of the Public Utilities Commission govern the California Solar Initiative, a program that provides ratepayer-funded incentives for eligible solar energy systems.

The Solar Water Heating and Efficiency Act of 2007, until August 1, 2018, requires the Public Utilities Commission, if it determines that a solar water heating program is cost effective for ratepayers and in the public interest, to implement a program to promote the installation of 200,000 solar water heating systems in homes, businesses, and buildings or facilities of eligible customer classes receiving natural gas service throughout the state by 2017.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact future legislation that would require the installation of solar photovoltaic systems or solar water heating systems in solar zones provided for pursuant to specified regulations.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) It is necessary to require building owners to take steps to produce renewable, low-carbon electricity and to capture solar heat in order to reduce pollution and the global warming effects of energy consumption.
(b) Installing solar electric or solar thermal systems benefits the health, welfare, and resiliency of the state and its residents.
(c) Requiring solar electric or solar thermal systems to be installed on a building during its construction is more cost effective than installing the equipment after construction because workers are already onsite, permitting and administrative costs are lower, and financing the systems is more efficient at that time.

SEC. 2.

 The heading of Article 1 (commencing with Section 25406) is added to Chapter 5.1 of Division 15 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
Article  1. The Sunny Homes Seal

SEC. 3.

 Article 2 (commencing with Section 25408) is added to Chapter 5.1 of Division 15 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
Article  2. Solar Ready Buildings

25408.
 For purposes of this article, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Solar ready building” means a building described in subdivision (a) of Section 110.10 of Part 6 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, as that section read on January 1, 2017.
(b) “Solar zone” means a section of the roof of a building designated and reserved for the future installation of a solar electric or solar thermal system, pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 110.10 of Part 6 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, as that section read on January 1, 2017.

25408.2.
 A solar electric or solar thermal system shall be installed in the solar zone of a solar ready building on which construction commences on or after January 1, 2018, during the construction of that building, in compliance with Section 110.10 of Part 6 of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, as that section read on January 1, 2017.

25408.4.
 The California Building Standards Commission, in collaboration with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and other relevant state agencies, may adopt regulations to impose additional standards on solar electric and solar thermal systems on solar ready buildings to reflect the most recent technology available.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact future legislation that would require the installation of solar photovoltaic systems or solar water heating systems in solar zones provided for pursuant to Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.