Fifth and final tranche of CLEAN LA Solar opens

After receiving approval from City Hall, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is moving ahead with the fifth and final tranche of its CLEAN LA Solar Program.

LADWP will begin accepting applications on March 16. A total capacity of 25 megawatts (MW) is available at a price of $0.13/kWh for solar projects over 150 kW and $0.15/kWh for projects between 30-150 kW.

LADWP will begin accepting applications on March 16. Applications received through March 20, 2015 will be included in the lottery drawing. Projects may be submitted after March 20, but they will be evaluated as received, or if there is oversubscription, projects will be placed on the waitlist in the order they are received.

As the nation’s largest city rooftop solar program, CLEAN LA Solar offers long-term, fixed rate contracts for 100 MW of solar energy produced on underutilized rooftops throughout Los Angeles. To date: projects totaling 5.4 MW of solar capacity are online; 8.2 MW are under contract, and projects totaling 56 MW are actively moving through the program processes.

During Q2 2015, LADWP plans to seek approval from its Board to expand the CLEAN LA Solar Program. Program expansion is expected to occur in during the second half of this year.

The Clean Coalition has been a stalwart proponent of CLEAN LA Solar and is pleased to see an expansion in the near future. We supported Mayor Eric Garcetti during his 2013 campaign, partly due to his commitment to expand local solar production in Los Angeles to 1,200 MW by 2016 – with at least 600 MW through CLEAN LA Solar.

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