"And it would pay for itself, once you factor in the various incentives, probably in eight to ten years. The beauty of solar is that once the panels are in at a fixed cost, you have production for 30, 40, 50 years and your electricity is paid for."
There is more to alternative energy that just saving money. Mayor White says that every kilowatt generated by the sun is one less coming from a generating plant.
"It means there is less of a demand, less of a load, less competition for the scarce electricity we have."
There are 25 Solar American Cities. The designation was the result of a competitive process that comes with grants of up to 200-thousand dollars.
DOE's goal is to make solar power cost-competitive within seven years or less.