Palmdale, California, September 24, 2010 - A myriad of power lines from Southern California Edison run through the Antelope Valley, which supplies Los Angeles County. According to a 2009 report by the Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI), the state will need at least $15.7 billion to install the transmission lines necessary to meet the government's renewable energy mandates on time. An added challenge is that power lines have proved to be extremely unpopular with the public. One of the problems with renewable sources of energy is that the majority of solar thermal and wind projects -- the two most reliable types of sources -- are located in largely uninhabited areas, meaning that the electricity generated needs to be channeled over long distances. .