Lancaster solar project will power city facilities

LANCASTER — The City of Lancaster today announced a plan to install 2.5 megawatts of new solar electric power capacity across six different sites, including city hall, Clear Channel stadium and the city's performing arts center.

When completed, the project will be one of the largest city-initiated solar projects in California.

"The City of Lancaster is not only committed to facilitating the addition of new alternative energy plants and technologies in the Antelope Valley, but also to utilizing alternative energy in our own facilities whenever
possible,'' said Mayor R. Rex Parris.

"Our city is dedicated to being both business-friendly and eco-friendly. In addition, this project is fiscally responsible, as it will save taxpayers a substantial amount of money immediately and over the long term.''

The solar projects will produce more than four million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, enough to offset 92 percent of the sites' total energy use and save the city more than $7 million over the next 15 years.

The project will also create 50 local jobs.