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The City of Lancaster and SolarCity Announce the First Minor League Baseball Stadium in California to go Solar

The City of Lancaster and SolarCity Announce the First Minor League Baseball Stadium in California to go Solar

KaBoom, Larry Thornhill, R. Rex Parris, Lyndon Rive, Peter Carfagna, Ron Smith

Clear Channel Stadium’s new solar system to offset close to 100 percent of its energy use


LANCASTER, Calif., December 16, 2010— The City of Lancaster and SolarCity®, a national leader in solar financing, design, installation, monitoring and related services, today announced that Clear Channel Stadium, home to the Lancaster JetHawks, is the first minor league baseball stadium in California to go solar. The 340 kilowatt carport-mounted system is expected to offset close to 100 percent of the stadium’s energy use and save its owners up to $48,000 in the first year of operation.

“The many projects comprising our Solar Lancaster program are creating a number of benefits to our community.  Not only are we taking further steps toward our goal of becoming the alternative energy capitol of the world, but we are creating jobs in many of our region’s hardest hit industries,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Clear Channel Stadium is  the first of many City of Lancaster projects that will contribute to a greener City, a greener California and a greener nation.”

The stadium is one of six city sites slated to go solar as part of a 2.5 megawatt project, and is the first city project under the Solar Lancaster program to be underway. The city projects, including City Hall and the City’s performing arts center, are expected to save the city more than $7 million over the next 15 years.

“The entire Lancaster community has embraced the city’s mission to become the alternative energy capitol of the world, and as the first minor league team in California to go solar, we’re happy to do our part,” said Peter Carfagna, JetHawks owner.

Signups for the Solar Lancaster program officially closed on October 31st, with SolarCity and the City of Lancaster more than doubling their goal of 50 projects. The program closed with 115 projects, totaling 12.5 megawatts of solar capacity.

“The City of Lancaster is pursuing one the most ambitious solar programs in the U.S.,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. “Solar Lancaster is a groundbreaking example of how municipalities can work side by side with local businesses and residents to invest in cleaner power, and a more sustainable future.”


About SolarCity

SolarCity®—a national leader in solar power system and energy efficiency design, financing, installation, monitoring and related services—was founded with the mission to help millions of homeowners and businesses adopt solar power, protect themselves from rising electricity costs, and protect their environment from polluting power sources. The company’s SolarLease® and Power Purchase Agreement options can make it possible for homeowners and businesses to switch to clean, solar power for less money than they currently pay for electricity. SolarCity currently serves 1,000 communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Texas. Additional information about the company is available on the Web at

About The City of Lancaster

The City of Lancaster is a thriving community of nearly 146,000 in northern Los Angeles County. Clean air, attainable housing, wide open spaces, and a close-knit community make Lancaster an ideal place for families. A low cost of doing business, endless potential for growth, and a strong commitment to business from local leaders has earned Lancaster the Eddy Award for “Most Business-Friendly City” in Los Angeles County from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. In addition, Lancaster boasts more than 300 days of sunshine per year, making it the ideal place to pioneer new solar energy technologies. No matter how you look at it, it’s positively clear that Lancaster is the perfect place to live, work and play.


December 17, 2010 Posted by | Clear Channel Stadium, Lancaster alternative energy, Lancaster Solar Energy, r rex parris, Solar City | , , , , | Leave a comment