August 19, 2013 - 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.
Lancaster averages about 300 days per year of the most intense sunlight in the country.
"We intend to figure out a way to use it more efficiently than anywhere else in the world," said Mayor R. Rex Parris.
Three years ago, the Republican mayor set a "net zero" power goal for his city: to harness the energy from the sun and become 100 percent power-independent. The town is now halfway there and already produces the most solar power per-resident in the state.
"We would be the deepest well if you were to imagine that was oil," Parris said, referring to the town's abundance of sun. "And what's oil but power? And what's solar but power?" read more>>>