Palmdale is putting power into the hands of the city’s business owners.
The high desert city will allow large shopping centers and business parks to install small wind turbines in their parking lots to offset electricity costs.
The plan allows for turbines no higher than 60 feet to be erected atop lights in some parking lots, according to a Los Angeles Times article. Cities such as Buffalo, N.Y. and Cleveland also allow small wind farms in commercial and business districts.
“It’s nice to have the advantage that we have, a supply of renewable energy,” Benjamin Lucha, a city administrative analyst, told the Times. “We have an abundance of sunlight. We have a potential for wind energy . . . and it’s consistent.”