California Energy Commission announced commercial and some multifamily residential buildings will need to have solar panels and battery storage starting from January 1, 2023.
According to Elektrek, this will apply to hotels, medical offices and clinics, schools, restaurants, theaters, and more.
The goal is to get the buildings to stop using natural gas and instead use electric heat pumps for space and water heating and electric appliances. The Energy Commission also hopes to support electric car charging.
However, before this can go into effect, California’s Building Standards Commission has to approve. The approval is expected to happen in December, which will give the construction companies a year to prepare for the change.
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