Solar for Residential Construction Minimum Requirements
Under the 2016 California Energy Code, new residential and non-residential developments must be designed to be "solar ready" by providing for a sloar pathway that will enable future solar installations.
Residential Mandatory Requirements
- Electric vehicle (EV) charging for new construction
- Electric vehicle charging space (EV space) location
Non-Residential Mandatory Requirements
- Electric vehicle (EV) charging
- Single charging space requirements
- Multiple charging space requirements
Solar Ready Home Minimum Requirements
- 200 Amp main service entrance with end fed buss. (California Energy Code Section 110.10(e) 1 and 2 (No center fed buss panels allowed, unless specifically listed by the Original Equipment Manufacture as solar ready.)
- Main service panel shall reserve as a minimum, a space for a double pole circuit breaker at the opposite end of the buss from the utility feed point and shall be marked “For Future Solar Electric” (California Energy Code Section 110.10(e) 2 A and B).
- All buildings that must include a solar zone must also include a plan for connecting a PV and SWH system to the building’s electrical and plumbing system
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) published a “Zero-Emission Vehicle Community Readiness Guidebook” which provides helpful information for local governments, residents and businesses. Website: http://opr.ca.gov/docs/ZEV_Guidebook.pdf
Did you know?
Solar energy has been used for over 2700 years. In 700 BC, glass lenses were used to make fire by magnifying the sun’s rays. Learn more about solar.