The city of Hesperia was honored by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District on Monday morning for its new, energy-efficient police station.


The MDAQMD presented an Exemplar Award to recognize the city's new energy-conscious police station, which opened in October 2010.


The station is the first Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building with the city. Almost 75 percent of the city's energy needs are met by the 923 solar panels on the station's roof and atop its carport shelters.


The station also features energy-efficient lighting systems, water-efficient landscaping and irrigation and is set up to use recycled water from a future water irrigation system.


"I may be a little biased, but this is the nicest police station in the county," said Hesperia City Manager Mike Podegracz, who accepted the award on behalf of the city.


This is the city's second Exemplar Award. Hesperia previously won the award in 2000.


A second Exemplar Award was given to Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree. The college implemented a campus-wide energy savings project which reduced the school's energy use by 548,590 kWh per year and reduced carbon emissions by the equivalent of removing 77 cars from the freeway.