California has scored its second major clean energy victory this month when the Los Angeles City Council announced passage of an ordinance that clears the way for more solar panels in the city:
the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance clearing the way for 150 megawatts of rooftop solar in the city. The CLEAN LA Solar program will allow local property owners to sell solar power generated from rooftops and parking lots back to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), using a mechanism called a feed-in tariff, or, in plain language, a solar cash-back program.
Los Angeles will be the largest city in the nation to adopt such a program, which will supply renewable energy at a reasonable cost while spurring private investment and creating high-quality jobs.
“This is a smart, cost-effective method for businesses to create economic opportunity while weaning ourselves off the coal-fired plants that generate most of the city’s power,” said Brad Cox, Immediate Past Chairman of the Los Angeles Business Council.
The announcement came on the heels of publicized support, by a coalition of environmental and labor groups, for a solar project in Imperial County. That project also pledged to use a Project Labor Agreement that will bring local hire to the clean energy Calexico I and Calexico II efforts.