What is the new law in California regarding solar panels that will take place in 2020? In 2018, California created a mandate that new single-family homes and multi-family dwellings up to three stories high must install solar panels. The California solar mandate took effect on January 1, 2020, and is part of California’s building codes.
Can a homeowner install their own solar system in California? First off the good news, California does allow property owners to design and install their own solar systems on their own homes. The difficult part with this approach is that you have to know what you are doing and demonstrate your knowledge through accurate plan design and then proper electrical code installation.
Do I need a permit to install solar panels in California? If you’re considering installing solar panels in your San Diego home, or anywhere in California, one of the biggest questions is whether you need a permit to install. The short answer is yes.
How close can solar panels be to edge of roof? In most cases, solar arrays are required to have a minimum of 18 inches set back from the ridge of the roof and may also require a three-foot pathway along one of the edges.