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“No other state in the nation mandates solar, and we are about to take that leap.” Locally, the cities of San Francisco and Fremont have already leaped ahead of the curve.

The Fremont City Council last May followed San Francisco’s lead by mandating that solar panel systems be included in all new single-family and multifamily homes.

New commercial or multifamily developments meanwhile must install electric vehicle charging stations in at least 10 percent of parking spaces.

The proposed new statewide rules would deviate slightly from another much-heralded objective: Requiring all new homes be “net-zero,” meaning they would produce enough solar power to offset all electricity and natural gas consumed over the course of a year.

The minimum size of panel systems are dictated by the size of the homes.

In late 2016, Fremont — home of Tesla’s electric vehicle manufacturing plant — also required new residential and commercial developments to be “EV ready.” As a result, a new single-family home in most cases needs a large specialized outlet and a dedicated circuit in the garage so a resident can plug in an electric vehicle charger, said Rachel Di Franco, the city’s sustainability manager.

Just 15 percent to 20 percent of new single-family homes built include solar, according to Bob Raymer, technical director for the California Building Industry Association.

“California is about to take a quantum leap in energy standards,” Raymer said.

And yet, the public health establishment in this country has not only downplayed the adverse effects and complications of vaccines, insisting that vaccines are safe and effective, but it continues to support mandatory vaccination programs. Jane Orient --- who spoke at the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) meeting on this subject and submitted a statement to the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources of the House Government Reform Committee on behalf of AAPS, June 14, 1999 --- was invited to write this column for the benefit of AAPS ( members and the readers of the Medical Sentinel.

By means of vaccine policy, which was previously discussed in these pages,(1) the federal government is effectively making critical medical decisions for an entire generation of American children. "Recommendations" issue from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a small group whose members have incestuous ties(2) with agencies that stand to gain power, or manufacturers that stand to gain enormous profits, from the policy that is made.

Even if such members recuse themselves from specific votes, they are permitted to participate in discussions and thus influence the decision.

“We’re happy they’re making good progress,” said Kelly Knutsen, technology advancement director for the California Solar and Storage Association, a solar-industry group. There’s always compromises.” In addition to widespread adoption of solar power, the new provisions include a push to increase battery storage and increase reliance on electricity over natural gas.

Among the highlights: The mandate dates back to 2007 when the state energy commission adopted the goal of making homebuilding so efficient “newly constructed buildings can be net zero energy by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings.” Builders would prefer the state move slower in imposing the solar mandate, but most nonetheless should be prepared by mid-2020, said the Building Industry Association’s Raymer.

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