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California City Gears up to Become Solar Capital of the U.S.

With more and more people around the world coming around to the benefits of solar energy, we are constantly seeing different states, companies and individuals attempting to kick things up a notch. According to an article from The New York Times, it seems as though things are no different for Lancaster, CA mayor, R. Rex Parris.

“We want to be the first city that produces more electricity from solar energy than we consume on a daily basis,” said Parris. As a way to catapult the city in this direction, Parris mandated in 2006 that all new homes either come equipped with solar panels or be located in a subdivision that produces one kilowatt of solar energy per house.Longhorn Solar

In the past 18 months alone, research group, Environmental California, has reported that Lancaster has managed to triple its number of residential solar panel installations. However, it doesn’t end with residential homes; the city’s success with solar paneling has also had a significant effect on the Lancaster school system.

Having first rejected the idea due to high costs, Lancaster created a public utility. With 32,094 panels installed on 25 schools, a grand total of 7.5 megawatts of power were generated and sold to the school district for 35% less than their current electricity bill.

Additionally, all that this desert city is doing with solar energy is scalable and portable, as Lancaster is already marketing its power to other metropolises. Mayor Parris still views global warming as a threat but a least for now, Lancaster is doing its part to slow down the process to the best of its ability.

*Photo Courtesy of The New York Times article in this post.