The high desert city of Lancaster, CA is seriously planning to be the first city in the world to produce more electricity from solar panels than it uses. It’s an ambitious plan, but they’ve already taken a number of measures that are more far-reaching than anywhere else in the world. For example, all new houses in Lancaster, which is a fast-growing exurb of L.A., are required to either be built with a self-sufficent solar system of their own or to be part of a subdivision that contributes one KW of net generation to the grid for each home in the development.
These plans were recently the subject of a feature story in the New York Times. You can read it below.
With Help From Nature, a Town Aims to Be a Solar Capital
By FELICITY BARRINGER. April 8, 2013
LANCASTER, Calif. — There are at least two things to know about this high desert city. One, the sun just keeps on shining. Two, the city’s mayor, a class-action lawyer named R. Rex Parris, just keeps on competing.
Two years ago, the mayor, a Republican, decided to leverage the incessant Antelope Valley sun Continue Reading →