LANCASTER – Lancaster has more megawatts of solar generating capacity per capita than any other municipality in the State of California. This according to data compiled from the California Solar Statistics website, operated by Go Solar California – a program administered by the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission.
While San Jose (38 MW) and San Diego (31.3 MW) have more megawatts based on municipal boundaries, they also have much larger populations of just under a million and 1.3 million respectively. Analysis of the ratio of these populations to each city’s solar capacity reveals that San Jose offers 40 watts per capita, while San Diego provides 24 watts per capita. Conversely, with a population of just over 156,000, Lancaster’s per capita solar generating capacity surpasses 132 watts per resident.
“When you consider the sheer size of the larger cities compared to our mid-sized city, the per capita solar generating capacity for Lancaster simply blows the others out of the water,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “What we are able to accomplish as a city, given our size and limited resources, speaks to the heart of who we are as a community.”
Additionally, three of the state’s top five ZIP codes ranked by solar generating capacity reside in Lancaster, and comprise a total of 20.7 megawatts of generating capacity.
The findings were reported this week by Chris Clarke of KCET’s ReWire post.
As noted in the table above, California Solar Statistics also show that the total amount of incentives received from the State of California equals $33,535,356 of new investment within the City of Lancaster.
“The City of Lancaster has made every effort to move effectively and aggressively on the solar energy platform,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “This analysis reaffirms that we are doing things right, while facilitating millions of dollars in positive economic impact.”
(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)