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How California's residential solar mandate could misfire

Workers install solar panels on the roofs of homes under construction south of Corona Thursday morning May 3, 2018.
Workers install solar panels on homes in Corona, California. Photo: Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin via Getty Images

Earlier this month, the California Energy Commission mandated that all newly constructed low-rise residential buildings must include solar power

Why it matters: While California prides itself on its leadership on climate change and innovative energy technology adoption, this decision is likely to misfire. Forcing people to install solar panels may actually exacerbate grid problems, creating negative secondary impacts without meaningfully greening the electricity system.