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California could become first state in the nation to mandate solar on new homes




Solar panels cover the roof of a Sam's Club store in Glendora, California.
Solar panels cover the roof of a Sam's Club store in Glendora, California.
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The California Energy Commission is voting Wednesday on requiring solar panels on new homes.

The vote is expected to pass, and the requirement isn’t kicking in until 2020. As expected, the move is welcomed by environmentalists. And it is an idea also embraced by many homebuilders. Critics, however, think that the requirement would jack up already-high home prices in the state.

Guests:

David Baker, energy reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle who covered the story; he tweets @DavidBakerSF

Evan Gillespie, campaign director at the Sierra Club