Visit openneighborhoods.net/communitysolar to submit a solar project before April 30, 2012.
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a new solar feed-in tariff program proposed by LADWP to purchase renewable energy from solar arrays installed on large rooftops and parking lots throughout the City.
LADWP objectives include providing a reliable, cost effective, and streamlined program; encouraging electrical generation from renewable resources close to load centers; balancing a renewable energy portfolio for reliability; and providing economic development in Los Angeles.
According to analysis by the Los Angeles Business Council, the new solar program will create over 4,500 jobs, generate $500 million in economic activity, and offset 2.25 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2016.
The cost to DWP ratepayers is projected at 52 cents per month for the solar power the new program will provide. A similar program in Germany has successfully driven peak daytime electric rates down below off-peak nighttime levels. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicates that the five states with the most solar and wind have had the smallest increase in electricity prices.
LADWP has announced that the initial ten megawatt (MW) demonstration program will be open to thirty or forty solar projects ranging from small (30-150 kW) to large (151-999 kW). Eight MW will be reserved for large projects and two MW for small projects. Projects must be located in LADWP service territory in the Los Angeles Basin, with the exception of 300kW of small projects located in Owens Valley. LADWP seeks to build a platform for expanding to at least 75 MW and potentially 150 MW beginning in Q1 2013. Contracts and Interconnect Agreements will be standard and non-negotiable.
Open Neighborhoods and PermaCity have announced a call for project submissions from commercial and multi-family property owners through April 30, 2012. The companies will be holding a series of free webinars during the month of April to explain participation details. Eligible properties are located in the City of Los Angeles and have at least 4,000 square feet of rooftop or parking lot space suitable for solar.
As part of the Open Neighborhoods Community Solar program, PermaCity is offering discounts of up to 33% on solar projects in Los Angeles County. Eligible participants can learn more, register for an upcoming webinar, and apply for a free rooftop assessment at openneighborhoods.net/communitysolar or by calling (310) 893-3100 prior to April 30, 2012.