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During shelter in place in California, residential solar is considered an essential service

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Published on 03/23/2020 in
Updated 03/23/2020
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Solar installers work with utilities as a means to provide electricity for the population. Though the word “essential” has been up for debate in the past few weeks due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of California has just updated its mandate on the coronavirus government website to be more clear.

Under its description for essential workforce in the Public Works sector is the following language:

”Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences”

In another section of the document, construction is listed among the essential critical infrastructure not to be impacted by any shelter in place decree. Roofers and electrical workers are also part of that sector:

”Construction Workers who support the construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of construction sites and construction projects (including housing construction)”

Since the state mandated all new homes are required to be installed with solar this year, installers are still doing their jobs right alongside construction workers right now.

Perhaps it isn’t surprising that a state which has led the way in strong solar energy policy for the past few decades that the government would so highly value the contributions of its solar workforce.

As more people than ever are at home, solar installers also help stabilize the grid by providing more electricity closer to where it is being used: on homeowner rooftops.

For those people who have medical devices which require electricity, there’s no ambiguity that solar installer work is essential. When solar is paired with battery backup devices, installers provide peace of mind and resilience for vulnerable communities.

Last modified: March 23, 2020

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