An ‘Award for Solar Achievement’ has been presented by the Solar Electric Power Association to the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power for its leadership in the use and implementation of solar technology.LOS ANGELES, California, US, 2001-10-12 [SolarAccess.com] “By offering this (solar) program to our customers, we are not only cleaning the air we breathe, but we are also developing new jobs and industries in our city,” says the utility’s Angelina Galiteva. “We are also eliminating our dependence on outside energy with a source that is both natural and abundant here in sunny California.” LADWP’s solar power program consists of three components that promote distributed generation and increase the City’s use of renewable energy. The first requires the installation of photovoltaic systems on high-visibility city-owned facilities that provide solar power educational and public outreach opportunities. The second is the installation of systems on department facilities, and the third is an incentive program designed to allow customers in both the commercial and residential sectors to participate in the development of a solar infrastructure in Los Angeles. The incentive program currently provides rebates at US$4.50 to $6 per watt for PV systems installed by LADWP customers, which reduces the costs of solar installation by half. LADWP serves four million people in Los Angeles and has a goal of installing 100,000 solar rooftops by 2010.