The City of Lancaster received a World Energy Globe Award for its efforts at bringing renewable energy sources to residents and businesses.

The city was recognized for its partnership with Solar City that resulted in 115 local residents and businesses converting to solar energy and for working with home builder KB Homes and Chinese manufacturer BYD to design a solar-powered home prototype.

The World Energy Globe Award, given out by Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann, comes with a $10,00 prize and bronze trophy.

Councilman Ken Mann represented the city at the awards event on Sept. 13 in Vienna.

Having a strong foundation for renewable and clean energy resources in a mid-sized community like Lancaster is unique, said Mayor R. Rex Parris.

“"The many efficiencies of renewable energy as well as the monetary and environmental savings which come along with it are not only accessible to the government and larger entities; citizens in our community can now afford to take advantage of these benefits as well,”" Parris said.

Mark R. Madler