The Desert Sunshine Solar Farm produces 550MW of power from 900 hectares of solar panels
News that the City government of LA is totally powered by renewables follows rapidly declining costs of solar electricity and advances in community owned generation models. A conference held earlier this month identified major opportunities for community based power generators using renewable energy. Reporting on the conference in South Wind, energy writer Peter Boyer wrote that hybrid energy systems at community level will resolve the disparity between antiquated centralized systems and distributed systems based on rooftop solar and local wind. The conference was held on Flinders Island in Bass Strait near Tasmania and focused on the systems that Boyer points to as a model for the future.