The Los Angeles solar energy ballot measure known as Measure B was defeated by a narrow margin of voters.
Election officials announced that the measure, which would have required the city Department of Water and Power to install 400 megawatts of solar panels by 2014, fell short of a majority.
According to officials, 50.5% of voters were against the measure with only 49.5% for it–a margin of 2,644 votes.
The measure has been the center of heated debate over the last few months with proponents touting its ability to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, while opponents said the measure would raise electricity rates.
Despite defeat, backers of the proposal said they would continue to push the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to pursue the initiative.
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