California is now the first state in the country to require all new houses to have solar panels, starting in 2020. The goal is to slash greenhouse gas emissions. But until we can store solar power affordably, we’re still going to be relying on fossil fuels when the sun goes down.
KPCC spent some time in Huntington Beach with Kirk Nason, whose home is super energy efficient. Nason says of the new building code requirements: "It's a no brainer."
This story is part of a new collaboration, Elemental: Covering Sustainability, which focuses on sustainability in the West and involves KJZZ, KPCC, Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, Rocky Mountain PBS and Southern California PBS.