Lancaster, California, is located northeast of Los Angeles near Edwards Air Force Base. It lies at the edge of the Mojave Desert, where abundant sunshine is the order of the day. The city has been a leader in clean, renewable energy since 2011 and has been requiring builders to install solar panels on all new homes since 2014. Its policies have served as a model for other California communities, including Sebastopol, Santa Monica, and San Francisco. Now, the city seeks to raise the bar by requiring each new home to have a rooftop solar system large enough to meet its full energy needs.
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A petition urging chancellor Philip Hammond to stop the business rates hike on solar installs, signed by more than 200,000 people, has been delivered to HM Treasury this morning. Greenpeace started the petition last year, asking the chancellor to intervene in a proposed increase in rateable values attached to rooftop solar installations which could see payable business rates soar by as much as 800%. The campaign to halt the increase has been waged since last summer and is now approaching its final throes, with Hammond preparing to deliver his maiden spring budget as chancellor next Wednesday.
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