Three Key Features Of LA’s New Local Solar Program - Officially launched in January after years of development, a new CLEAN (feed-in tariff) program from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (the city’s municipal electric utility) promises 100 MW of new local renewable energy by 2016. In absolute size, the program will be among the largest CLEAN programs in the US, but compared to the size of the population it serves, the new LA program ranks behind national leaders like Gainesville, FL, or Vermont (the city’s peak demand tops 6,000 MW). Even so, the Los Angeles program is a good example of a community increasing the capture of local energy dollars with local energy generation. Continue reading

LADWP to Reopen Commercial Solar Programs on July 1 -
Jun 3

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) launched an ambitious new 100 megawatt feed-in-tariff program for commercial solar projects earlier this year. As expected, demand for this program in the initial application period was extremely high.

LADWP plans to offer a total of five 20 megawatt allocations – one every six months – on a first-come, first-serve basis for systems sized 30 kilowatts to 3 megawatts. The program will reopen for new applications on July 1, 2013, for a fixed price of $0.16 per kilowatt-hour ($0.13 per kWh for projects in the Owens Valley) for all electricity produced by the solar system, plus a time-of-day multiplier. This is a potentially lucrative opportunity for commercial property owners in the region. For more information, please contact REC Solar.

Additionally, LADWP plans to reopen the commercial Solar Incentive Program (SIP), which provides an upfront incentive for businesses that install solar to offset their facility’s energy use on July 1. Demand also tends to be high for this particular program. When it was last made available in mid-2012, capacity was consumed in just 18 minutes. This is the last year of this particular program as it will not be offered again in 2014.

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