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It had only just begun.

A mere seven weeks into California’s bold mandate to require solar panels on the roofs of new homes in 2020, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved an application to allow an off-site “community solar” project to power single-family homes as well, effectively nullifying the edict for builders to install solar on each house.

The decision means a large solar panel array, located within the service area of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), which serves 1.5 million residents in the state’s capital region, will now provide another option for home builders and their customers to meet the solar mandate in that territory.

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