In 1995, Boulder City, Nevada, paid $1.3 million for a land buffer to make sure that Las Vegas didn’t get any closer. It has since used that buffer to become a world leader in solar energy, and is making $2 million (and counting) in annual revenue from solar leases. How did the city pull this off? What is the key to their solar success? Read this excellent article in the Las Vegas Sun to find out.

The city, 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas, averages 350 sunny days per year, allowing a local tavern to offer free beer on the days when the sun doesn’t shine.

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That’s got to have at least something to do with it.

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