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



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 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, 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.
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.
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.