03/04/13 - We’ve heard of mandatory recycling and composting, but mandatory solar panels? Lancaster, California — a small city of about 150,000 people in the high desert near Los Angeles — is planning to update its residential zoning code to require homebuilders to add solar panels to all new-construction homes. The move was announced by Republican mayor Rex Parris while speaking at an event hosted by Lancaster homebuilder KB Home. The new requirement would require all new-construction single-family homes built after January 1, 2014 to include at lease a 1.0 kilowatt solar system.
This isn’t the first time that Lancaster has made headlines for its investment in solar energy. In 2010, the town partnered with SolarCity to develop about 27 megawatts of solar energy to power City Hall, local parks, and a variety of businesses and residences. read more>>>