LA’s city-owned utility, the Los Angeles Dept of Water and Power (LADWP) has historically lagged behind other big California utilities when it comes to investing in solar, which currently provides far less than one percent of the energy delivered to its customers. However, LADWP and City leaders continue to make big strides to change that. Last week, LA City Council unanimously approved two long-term solar power purchasing agreements, taking a decisive step in achieving Los Angeles’ renewable energy goals of 25% renewable power by 2016 and 33% by 2020 and creating hundreds of local jobs.
The agreements are for 460 megawatts of clean solar power. LADWP says that combined with a new LADWP-owned property that will support a 250 megawatt solar project, and a commitment to procure 150 megawatts from rooftops in the City through the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) program, solar will provide enough green energy annually to serve approximately 331,000 Los Angeles households. (see LADWP’s press release here for more info)
Congratulations, LA, for taking another important step towards a brighter clean energy future. We salute you!