The Los Angeles City Council has approved the launch of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) new rooftop solar program, CLEAN LA Solar.
The ordinance authorizes LADWP's general manager to move forward with a feed-in tariff (FIT) of up to 150 MW without returning to the city council to approve various contracts or agreements. The measure also provides a streamlined FIT application process and lowers the program's administrative costs.
The CLEAN LA Solar program will allow local property owners to sell solar power generated from rooftops and parking lots back to the utility through a FIT. Los Angeles will be the largest city in the U.S. to adopt a FIT program, according to the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), which supports the program.
Research conducted by the LABC and the LABC Institute has demonstrated that enacting the full CLEAN LA Solar program, which includes a 150 MW FIT, will create 4,500 jobs, generate $500 million in economic activity and offset 2.25 million tons of carbon-dioxide emissions by 2016.
Currently, most of L.A.'s renewable power is generated outside the L.A. basin and transmitted inefficiently to customers, the LABC says. By contrast, the CLEAN LA program will incentivize clean-energy production within city limits by taking advantage of the city's underused rooftop space.