Hesperia's new $20 million police station will be green.

The station, to be located at the corner of Smoketree Street and 8th Avenue, will feature solar panels on its roof and on the roof of its parking garage, thanks in part to a Department of Energy economic stimulus grant.

The Hesperia City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to apply for a $775,100 energy efficiency stimulus grant to subsidize the solar panels. The panels will cost an estimated $1.4 million, with the other half of the cost paid for over three to five years through a Southern California Edison matching grant.

"This grant is a direct allocation," city spokeswoman Kelly Malloy said Tuesday. "It is as close to a guarantee [for federal funds] as we could receive."

The solar panels will cover 50 to 90 percent of the station's electricity costs, she said.

Officials plan for the station to open in September 2010. Construction begins on August 17 this year.

The city plans to apply for a similar grant for the High Desert Government Center, which is being built next to city hall.

The city council will hold their next meeting on July 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Avenue.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.