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City of Lancaster Wins Prestigious Energy Globe Award

Los Angeles/Lancaster, CA. May 29, 2012 — The City of Lancaster was presented with the Energy Globe Award for the United States by Austrian Trade Commissioner, Rudolf Thaler. Each year, the Energy Globe Award, today’s most prominent award for sustainability, selects winners from more than 800 projects in 105 countries. The Energy Globe Award’s goal is to present successful sustainable projects to a broad audience. Founded in 2000, by Austrian Wolfgang Neumann, the Energy Globe Award has been labeled the Oscar of the sustainability movement.

“We’re honored to accept this prestigious international award,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “The City of Lancaster has made substantial progress towards our goal of becoming the alternative energy capital of the world, yet we couldn’t have done it without our partners. It is our successful public-private partnerships with companies such as KB Home and Solar City that have multiplied our efforts, increased our efficiency, and helped us achieve these accomplishments in a very short period of time.”

“Amongst all the projects submitted from the United States, the City of Lancaster‘s endeavors shone the brightest,” said Thaler. “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 the selection committee, the City of Lancaster’s submission, “Leading the Way in Public and Private Partnership for the Development of Alternative Energy Projects,” has demonstrated that local government can be instrumental in furthering formidable energy conservation issues. With its “Home of the Future” project conducted in conjunction with KB Home and China-based BYD, Lancaster has masterminded and facilitated a public-private partnership of international proportions which have provided the citizens of Lancaster affordable energy-efficient homes in record time.

This project was complemented by the affordable solar financing program “Solar Lancaster,” created in partnership with Solar City, which provided homeowners unique incentives resulting in an average 30% reduction of energy consumption. Lancaster enjoys more than 325 days of sunshine per year, making it the ideal place to pioneer new solar energy technologies. According to industry experts, the Lancaster area averages more than seven Kilowatt hours of solar energy per meter per day, making it the strongest sunshine near a major metropolitan area. Recently named the “Most Business-Friendly City” in Los Angeles County, the City of Lancaster is well known for welcoming public-private partnerships, and quickly implementing innovative ideas.

On June 5, the Lancaster project will be published on the Energy Globe website On this World Environment Day, Energy Globe will present, in cooperation with UNIDO, UNEP and UNESCO, exceptional environmental projects from around the world.

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