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

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Date Published: 05/26/2017 10:00 AM
SB71:v94#DOCUMENT

Amended  IN  Senate  May 26, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  May 16, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  May 02, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  April 18, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  March 01, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 71


Introduced by Senator Wiener
(Coauthor: Senator Allen)

January 09, 2017


An act to add the heading of Article 1 (commencing with Section 25406) to, and to add Article 2 (commencing with Section 25408) 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 (Energy 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.
Regulations on building standards adopted by the Energy Commission 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. Existing law requires a seller of production homes, as defined, to offer the option of a solar energy system, as defined, to all customers negotiating to purchase a new production home constructed on land meeting certain criteria and to disclose certain information. Existing law requires the Energy Commission, not later than July 1, 2007, to initiate a public proceeding to study and make findings whether, and under what conditions, solar energy systems should be required on new residential and nonresidential buildings and to periodically update the study thereafter.
This bill would require the Energy Commission to consider requiring, and would authorize the Energy Commission to update the building efficiency standards to require, a rooftop solar energy generation system, appropriately sized to be cost effective, to be installed in the solar zone of those buildings, during the construction of those buildings, by January 1, 2020, for residential buildings and by January 1, 2023, for nonresidential buildings. The bill would require the Energy Commission to consider impacts of this requirement on building affordability by climate zone. Commission, prior to adopting rooftop solar energy generation system requirements, to issue findings by climate zone jointly with the Department of Housing and Community Development as to whether adoption of the requirements will or will not unreasonably or unnecessarily impact the affordability of housing for Californians.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   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) Requiring building owners to take steps to produce renewable, low-carbon electricity and to capture solar heat has the potential to reduce pollution and the global warming effects of energy consumption.
(b) Installing solar electric or solar thermal systems can benefit 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. required to have a solar zone as determined by the commission pursuant to Section 25402.
(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. as determined by the commission pursuant to Section 25402.

25408.2.
 By January 1, 2020, the commission shall consider requiring, and may update the building efficiency standards developed and adopted pursuant to Section 25402 to require, a rooftop solar energy generation system, appropriately sized to be cost effective, to be installed in the solar zone of a residential solar ready building, including a high-rise or low-rise multifamily building, 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. building.

25408.4.
 By January 1, 2023, the commission shall consider requiring, and may update the building efficiency standards developed and adopted pursuant to Section 25402 to require, a rooftop solar energy generation system, appropriately sized to be cost effective, to be installed in the solar zone of a nonresidential solar ready building, 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. building.

25408.6.

In determining whether to require a cost-effective level of onsite solar energy generation pursuant to Section 25408.2 or 25408.4, the commission shall consider the impact, if any, of such a requirement on building affordability by climate zone, including the purchase price, energy cost savings, and whether or not, and to what extent, the requirement may affect the ability of people to afford housing.

25408.6.
 Prior to adopting rooftop solar energy generation system requirements pursuant to Section 25408.2 or 25408.4, the commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development shall jointly issue findings, by climate zone, as to whether adoption of the requirements will or will not unreasonably or unnecessarily impact the affordability of housing for Californians, taking into account the purchase price and any benefits and costs derived from the rooftop solar energy generation system requirements.