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Lancaster wins alternative-energy award

June 19, 2012 | 12:06 pm

The city of Lancaster has received the international Energy Globe Award for its success in employing alternative energy and conservation projects in the community, officials announced Tuesday.

The award was founded in 2000 by Austrian engineer and environmentalist Wolfgang Neumann and is today considered one of the most prominent honors for promoting sustainability. Each year, winners are selected from more than 800 projects in 105 countries. Lancaster was chosen as the champion in the United States, according to information published on the website of Advantage Austria, the official Web portal of the Austrian economy abroad.

The initiatives include providing Lancaster’s residents with affordable energy-efficient homes and giving homeowners and local businesses the opportunity to pay less for cleaner energy, such as solar electricity.

“Amongst all the projects submitted from the United States, the city of Lancaster‘s endeavors shone the brightest,” Austrian Trade Commissioner Rudolf Thaler said in prepared remarks, published by Advantage Austria. “This forward-thinking city is harnessing the power of one of its greatest natural resources — the sun — and taking advantage of the abundant opportunities for solar energy present in this particular portion of Southern California’s High Desert region.”

According to information provided by city officials, Lancaster enjoys more than 325 days of sunshine a year.

Mayor R. Rex Parris said the city was honored to receive the award and was continuing to make "great strides toward our goal of becoming the alternative-energy capital of the world."


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Photo: Workers install mirrors at an eSolar plant in Lancaster. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times