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New Laws and Codes Taking Effect in California: What You Need to Know

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A policy update exclusively for CALSSA members is here, and our Sol-Tek team is highlighting a few key points. On January 1, 2023, new laws and codes went into effect in California. Here are a few highlights to be aware of:

  • The Solar Access Act (SB 379) requires cities and counties to adopt SolarAPP+, a platform that automates permitting for standard residential PV and PV+storage systems. Jurisdictions with more than 50,000 residents must comply by September 2023, while those with 5,000-50,000 residents must comply by September 2024.
  • The 2022 California building codes, which apply to properties that submit their initial building permit after Jan. 1, now require new commercial and high-rise multifamily construction to be built with PV and storage.
  • The Electrical Code includes new provisions on power control systems and requirements for vehicle impact protection for energy storage systems (ESS).
  • Contractor requirements have changed: the required bond amount has increased to $25,000 due to SB 607, and AB 1747 increases penalties for contractors who do not obtain a building permit.
  • PG&E has agreed to add an “I don’t know” option in its portal for contractors who are unsure of their inverter’s anti-islanding method.

To stay up-to-date with Sol-Tek Solar on these matters, please continue to check our website and social media accounts for more, or feel free to contact us directly for additional information!