L.A. Port Adds 1.2 MW Solar Project Under City’s FIT Program


On Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Councilmember Joe Buscaino and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to announce the completion of a 1.2 MW rooftop solar generation project at the Port of Los Angeles.

The project is part of the city’s rooftop solar feed-in tariff (FIT) program, which enables building owners to host large-scale rooftop solar projects and sell the power they generate to LADWP for distribution on the city’s power grid.

Hosted by Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, a local handmade-crafts market, the project brings the city closer to meeting several goals outlined in Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn, including the expansion of local solar resources. It also moves the Port of Los Angeles significantly closer to its owngoal to provide 10 MW of solar power on port property by 2020.

The project is the result of a partnership led by the Los Angeles Business Council, which worked closely with the developer and the panel design company to facilitate the public-private collaboration and bring the project online. Constellation, a retail energy supplier, will own and operate the solar power system, and LADWP will buy the project’s output through a 20-year power purchase agreement. PermaCity, a Los Angeles-based commercial solar design and construction company, led the development of the project.

“Feed-in tariff programs like this one maximize the value of existing property by converting unused rooftops into commercial solar projects that feed the city’s grid,” explained LADWP General Manager Marcie Edwards. “And what’s more, FIT projects create a financial incentive for developers to begin pursuing green energy solutions for their construction projects.

“At a pay rate of 14 cents per kilowatt-hour, this is the most competitively priced feed-in tariff system built to date, providing nearly $300,000 in revenue per year to the project’s developers,” added Edwards.

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