Starting next year, California will require the construction of all homes to include solar systems that offset their expected energy usage.
California’s new home solar requirement is part of the state’s Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, which the California Energy Commission updates every three years. The mandate is an attempt by the state to achieve Zero Net Energy in all new homes by 2020.
Such demands will create new challenges and opportunities for home builders looking to comply with the state’s law while maintaining competitive prices and offering unique value propositions to potential customers.
As of 2019, approximately 15,000 solar systems were installed on new homes. By next year that number is set to quintuple to nearly 75,000.
To keep pace with California’s growing demand for residential solar, building contractors are looking to partner with established home solar companies such as Go Green Solar, which have both the experience and track record necessary to help them streamline the transition while keeping a lean budget.
Offering a wide selection of solar equipment and roster of subcontracted roofers, electricians, and engineers to help get the job done, Go Green Solar has the following traits that building contractors will want to consider when working with a home solar installer:
- Comprehensive knowledge of California building code and Title 24 requirements
- Go Green Solar started in California and has over 13 years experience in the solar industry. Its sister company Planet Plan Sets specializes in making the solar permitting process easy for any home builder in the nation — meaning that when it comes to the tedious details such as building codes and laws, the company has a long-standing track record of success.
- Flexible and easy to work with
- Most DIY solar companies sell the equipment for a person or company to convert their building to solar and the relationship ends there. Go Green Solar is a hybrid of sorts, offering the freedom of choice and ownership that comes with DIY along with the additional help and assistance of installing should it be something a customer requires.
- Quality workmanship
- Go Green Solar’s reviews speak for themselves. Having helped thousands of customers nationwide make the switch to solar, the company has a roster of full time and subcontracted workers that have been stringently vetted to do their work, and do it well.
- A wide selection of BOMs
- Not every home is the same. Different locations and budgets require different materials. Go Green Solar has a variety of photovoltaic panels, inverters, microinverters, and energy storage solutions for contractors to choose from, knowledge of how to install them, and a nuts and bolts understanding of how they will perform.
California’s Title 24 requirements for renewables are among the first in the nation, but certainly won’t be the last. Other states such as Massachusetts are weighing similar legislation, while an overwhelming majority of Americans — 70 percent — are in support of a national solar mandate.
As construction companies draft their annual short and long-term growth plans, speaking to residential home solar companies that have a fulltime NABCEP engineer and have a robust support infrastructure for installation, permitting, rebates, and interconnections will be well worth their time. Luckily for them, Go Green Solar has a dedicated operator standing by to help: (866) 798-4435