Powering the Future: Small city has big solar goals
LANCASTER, Calif.With the help of the sun and a whole lot of solar panels, this small city in the Mojave Desert could be California's biggest energy boom town.
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#1 Aug 19, 2013
"Lancaster residents, he said, have been quick to get on board. Solar panels are just about everywhere — on downtown rooftops, at schools, even the baseball stadium can power itself almost entirely by the sun.
“They produce about 97 percent of the energy that’s used in those facilities,” said Jason Caudle, Lancaster’s Deputy City Manager, who has overseen the installation of more than 6,000 panels on city buildings."
The reoccurring costs for public entities, such as electric bills, comes out of the taxes used to pay for these facilities. Making these costs less and keeping them at a fixed rate leaves more tax dollars available for the actual function of the public entity.
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