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California Fire Victims May Avoid Solar Mandate on Rebuilt Homes

June 5, 2019, 7:53 PM

California wildfire victims may get a pass on the state’s landmark law requiring solar panels on most new houses.

State lawmakers are debating a bill that would exempt homes being rebuilt or repaired after fires or other natural disasters. Backers say the legislation would alleviate financial pressure on people who are already facing significant expenses. However, critics say the approach may threaten California’s efforts to battle climate change.

The financial argument behind the bill hinges on a California Energy Commission assessment that solar panels could raise the price of a home by almost $10,000. That’s too much of a burden ...

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