When revenues dry up and cities need to find other ways to fund services, some think outside the box. In this case, Porterville has found a way to generate revenues while providing renewable energy for its residents.

From coolerplanet.com:

Construction has begun on land west of the Porterville airport to install more than 29,000 solar panels that will supply about 4,300 homes with energy. The plant is expected to be one of California’s largest privately-owned solar plants and the panels will be installed directly on the ground.

“We’re going to put electricity directly into the neighborhood circuits and thus avoiding the need to build a transmission line to remote areas,” according to plant owner Southern California Edison.

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