Solar Symposium in Los Angeles

Architects attending the Second Annual Solar Symposium at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Thursday heard from LADWP experts and speakers from California, the U.S. and Europe, about creative ways to incorporate solar power in the design of new homes, government offices and commercial buildings.

LOS ANGELES, California 2002-03-25 [] The daylong Solar Symposium extends LADWP leadership in promoting solar power as a viable, Renewable Energy source. LADWP, the nation’s largest municipal utility, has implemented one of the most aggressive solar programs in the nation. “LADWP is pleased to host this symposium for architects to assist them in adapting creative ways to incorporate solar systems into building design. Integrating solar into building design is the most effective way to go,” said Angelina Galiteva, LADWP director of strategic planning. “Architects are a very important group to learn about and use solar because they are responsible for designing new buildings and refurbishing existing structures. We want to let them and our customers know that solar is available and doable now.” Symposium participants were provided with detailed information ranging from code compliance issues, design excellence and sustainability, performance versus design concerns and the future of building integrated photovoltaic systems. Speakers included Steven Strong, President, Solar Design Associates, Harvard, Mass.; Guillermo Honles, LADWP solar architect; Bill Brooks, Endecon, Sacramento; Martin Wolf, architect, SCB Design, Chicago; Melinda Humphrey-Becker, architect, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Thomas Spiegelhalter, architect and visiting professor from Germany, Carnegie-Mellon University, and Thomas Honles, LADWP solar engineer. In addition, a tour and description of the LADWP Solar Carport and Electric Charging Station, the nation’s largest, was provided to symposium participants. The 150 kW system produces 275,000 kWh per year, which is enough energy to power more than 30 homes. LADWP’s Solar Program consists of two major parts. The Department will be designing and constructing solar installation in 175 city buildings, especially libraries and park facilities, over the next five years. In addition, LADWP offers the highest incentives to customers who install solar systems. The incentives range from $4.50 per watt to $6.00 per watt for systems purchased from firms manufacturing solar modules in the city. Siemens Solar and Powerlight Corporation are the companies whose products qualify for the higher solar incentives. The maximum payment under the Solar Incentive Program is $50,000 for a residential site, and $1 million for a commercial site.

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