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Solar Panels in Your New construction ADU

In September 2020, a new California Department Of Housing handbook regarding laws, rules, and regulations of newly built ADU’s was released. This article regards the laws of only the state of California, other states may be different.

Are Solar Panels Required For New Construction ADUs?

According to the California Department of Housing Handbook, yes, newly constructed ADUs are subject to the Energy Code requirement to provide solar panels if the unit is a newly constructed, non-manufactured, detached ADU.


The California Energy Commission states that the panels can be installed on the ADU or on the primary dwelling unit. ADUs that are constructed within existing space, or as an addition to existing homes, including detached additions where an existing detached building is converted from non-residential to residential space, are not subject to the Energy Code requirement to provide solar panels.

Where Do These Solar Panels Go?

Roof installs will be the most common because it’s the area on your ADU that provides the greatest access to sunlight. If you own a piece of property that has a lot of land, you have another option. You can install your photovoltaic cells somewhere else as long as nothing is in the way of the solar panels.


You can also choose to hire an alternative solar energy provider. In that case, you essentially rent out your roof to a solar company. Completely free of charge, they come and install solar panels on your roof. You then pay them for your monthly power bill, just as you pay your current energy provider. Instead of paying money to the power company, you pay the solar company.

Neo Builders Inc. is an experienced construction company with a specialty in building ADU’s. Building an ADU with Neo Builders will increase your monthly cash flow in a stress free and organized process. Check out our Los Angeles rules and regulation page for more details.


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