An Entire Town Aims For Net-Zero

first_imgIn Lancaster, California, net-zero energy is taking on a whole new meaning. The city of 150,000, about an hour north of Los Angeles, will require most new homes to include photovoltaic panels as it tries to becomes the first city to produce more solar electricity than the city consumes on a daily basis.According to an account in The New York Times, Lancaster will need to add another 126 megawatts of capacity to the 39 MW it already has, and the 50 MW now under construction, to meet the goal.Lancaster’s mayor, a lawyer named R. Rex Parris, has been instrumental in pushing the city toward a solar future. The pro-business Republican has teamed up with manufacturers and installers, including the Chinese firm BYD and developer KB Home, and says his own house has the biggest residential solar array in town.One of Lancaster’s largest PV projects was for its school system. After rejecting one proposal as too expensive, the city created its own municipal utility, bought more than 32,000 solar panels, and installed 7.5 MW of PV on 25 schools. New homes must include PV systemsAccording to a post at GreenTechMedia, the zoning changes approved by the Lancaster City Council require solar panels with a capacity of between 1 kW and 1.5 kW on houses built on lots of 7,000 sq. ft. or more. Rural homes on lots of up to 100,000 sq. ft. must have a system rated at 1.5 kW. Developers of subdivisions will be permitted to build larger, common systems.Among other requirements, a builder’s model home has to include the type of solar system that will be offered, the post said.Parris apparently has his sights set on more than just solar. He also would like to see the city require all new homes be built to LEED standards, and that all new houses have gray-water systems.According to GreenTechMedia, the mayor said, “The salvation of this planet, if it is not already too late, will be from the bottom up, and there is no reason Lancaster can’t be the example for the world.”last_img read more

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Tight fight

first_imgPBA IMAGESWith six playdates left in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination round, it’s not only the race for the top two berths that seems as tight as can be, but also the battle for survival at the bottom of the standings and the teams trying to stay out of the dreaded seventh and eighth spots.San Miguel Beer’s loss to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night dropped the Beermen into a three-way tie for the lead, with the Gin Kings also putting themselves well in the mix in the race for one of two twice-to-beat privileges in the first round of the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH Masters returns Wednesday; Casas fave 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes In that scenario, the Kings would have a great advantage in the event of a three-team tie for No. 1 mainly because of a 107-99 win over the Beermen on Sunday night to weigh heavily in the tiebreak.“Now we have a chance,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said after their 107-99 win over San Miguel.While there’s a spirited battle for 1-2, several teams are clinging to dear life just to make the playoffs.The powerhouse Aces are in dire need of putting things together quick to get to the next round and avoid qualifying No. 7 or No. 8.Defending champion Rain or Shine arrested a slide and stayed in the middle of the pack, and the Elasto Painters, to remain there for sure, must beat GlobalPort and then TNT KaTropa to advance to a level playing field in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Tournament format calls for Nos. 1 and 2 to clash with Nos. 8 and 7, respectively, in the quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Also with 7-2 records like San Miguel are Meralco and Star, which will slug it out Wednesday at 7 p.m. with the winner putting a foot inside the top two.Ginebra returns to action on Friday and will try to act as executioner of Blackwater at Alonte Sports Center in Biñan, Laguna, before the Gin Kings play the Bolts two nights later and close out against Mahindra on June 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingHaving three games left could work as an advantage for the Kings, with the trio tied at the top having just two each with Meralco and Star to cross paths and the Beermen having formidable Alaska and the Elite to contend with.A sweep by Ginebra would give the Kings a 9-2 record, which can only be matched by San Miguel and either the Bolts or the Hotshots. View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

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