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Starting in 2020, all new homes in California must come with solar panels. Builders are getting ready

When Irvine, Calif.-based City Ventures started sticking solar panels on all of its homes six year ago, the builder emerged as a front-runner in the race toward energy-efficient home building. Soon it will be joined on the track by every developer in California.

Starting in 2020, California will become the first state in the nation to require all newly built homes to be solar-powered. And many developers are figuring out how to comply with the new rules while keeping their houses affordable.

The California Building Standards Commission approved the mandate this month, finalizing a unanimous vote from the California Energy Commission in May as part of the state's ongoing battle against climate change. The rule applies to all single-family and multifamily residences of three stories or fewer.

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