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The Golden State continues to lead on solar access

Going solar will soon get a lot easier in California — which could very likely help bring down the cost of solar across the country.

Clean energy

Environment California State Director Laura Deehan speaks at solar rally standing in front of other organizers holding up signs
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Environment California State Director Laura Deehan leads a rally to expand solar in California.

To help more Californians go solar, a new law will allow for on-the-spot approvals of residential solar and solar-plus-storage systems.

That’s the key component of SB 379, a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 16 that aims to make meaningful and commonsense improvements to the process of installing solar in California. The adoption of automated solar permitting systems will greatly decrease wait times for putting up solar panels, cut permitting costs for local governments and homeowners, and ultimately help California meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

“As record-breaking heat waves tax the state’s electric grid, transitioning away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy has never been more urgent,” said Environment California Clean Energy Advocate Steven King. “California leads the nation in solar, and now we must keep solar growing by speeding up its deployment and incentivizing consumers to harness the sun’s vast energy potential.”

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