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Lancaster adding $25K for solar program development


The City of Lancaster will spend an additional $25,000 to the contract with Oakland-based consultant Energy Solutions for the development of its Community Solar Program to bring the total contract amount to $144,846.

City staff began working with Energy Solutions in February 2021, to gain approval of the solar program by the California Energy Commission. The city selected Energy Solutions due to their technical expertise and success in supporting the approval and development of similar community solar programs, according to a staff report.

Energy Solutions requested an increase to their budget to complete the outstanding assignments for the project, which include the development of Lancaster’s program application and support throughout the California Energy Commission approval process.

In addition, the contractor requested an extension on their project timeline to 24 months. Staff is working with Energy Solutions to complete the City’s project application, the report said. Once the project application is complete, it will be submitted to the  California Energy Commission for their review, comments and approval.