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Calif. Builders Strategize Ahead Of 2020 Solar Panel Rules

Law360 (January 11, 2019, 9:34 PM EST) -- The day is fast approaching when the Golden State will begin requiring solar panels on new homes, and residential builders and their lawyers are grappling with the possibility of increased construction costs, questions surrounding installation on multifamily structures and potential marketing issues.

The groundbreaking rules are the first of their kind in the U.S. and will take effect at the beginning of next year. They comprise part of the state’s 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, which were approved in December, and their potential effects were recently amplified when newly inaugurated Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a proposed budget that includes $7.7 billion for...

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