City expanding Power Choice program

Antelope Valley Press

The Lancaster City Council unanimously approved the expansion of the Lancaster Power Choice program to include commercial and industrial customers to help simplify the process of solar adoption including removing financial barriers and ensure lower energy bills from day one.

Lancaster, in partnership with Participate Energy and the California Choice Energy Authority (CalChoice), launched the Power Choice Solar and Battery Residential Program earlier this year for Lancaster Energy customers and will expand the program to commercial and industrial customers starting next year. Through the program, residential customers pay Lancaster Energy $0.145 per kilowatt hour and $115 for a Tesla battery per month. There are no long-term contracts for the customer and no upfront payments required to participate.

The program has become a model for other CalChoice member cities to develop similar programs, according to a presentation by Patti Garibay, assistant director of Community Development at the Oct. 24 City Council meeting.

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