Local solar has proven to be a critical tool for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) and the City of Los Angeles to not only move toward a cleaner future, but to also drive investment and create jobs in some of the City’s most disadvantaged communities. The solar Feed-in Tariff Program (FiT) has proven this through generating approximately $500 million dollars in economic activity, displacing 2.7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, and creating thousands of local jobs. Most importantly, 40% of all projects have been located in disadvantaged communities.
The market and local communities have proven that there is a high demand for Feed-in Tariff projects, which is why just a few weeks ago the FiT 150MW pilot reached full capacity with all 150MWs being either interconnected or applied for, creating a waitlist for future applicants.
It is now time for the City and LADWP to create a permanent and expanded program.