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L.A. Solar Program Takes Step Forward

July 10, 2013

Los Angeles' Feed-In Tariff program—in which Department of Water and Power customers can sell back their extra rooftop solar-produced energy for use on the grid—has launched its second phase of applications. At the same time, the first project accepted to the program during its first phase is now up and running.

Both phases of the Feed-In Tariff program call for 20 megawatts of energy to be purchased from rooftop sola providers at a range of 14 to 17 cents per kilowatt hour. Applications for the second wave of the program will be accepted until Dec. 31. The Feed-In Tariff program, launched in January 2013, is an effort by the city to reduce its reliance on coal-based power, which city leaders have stated they will eliminate from Los Angeles' power grid by the year 2020. It also helps the city reach the required goal to have 33% of its power derived from reliable resources by 2020. The 20-megawatt program phases will start every six months until the program's 100-megawatt goal has been reached.

People interested in participating in the program can look to the Oxnard Plaza Apartments. The North Hollywood complex is the first project to go live in the Feed-In Tariff program. It is slated to produce about 142,000 kilowatt hours of solar energy for the grid, in addition to providing power for the building's residents. At the ceremony marking the completion of the installation were Antonio Villaraigosa, the departing Los Angeles mayor, and Ron Nichols, the general manager of the Department of Water and Power. Reports say the first phase attracted 136 applicants, at a total of 115 megawatts of power, and 60 of them have already passed a technical screening.

"We could not be more pleased to be here today to celebrate this milestone," Nichols said. "It's just the beginning of what we expect to be a long and beneficial public-private partnership. Within the next few years, Angelenos can expect to see thousands of solar panels installed on apartment buildings, warehouses, parking structures, and other rooftops throughout the city."

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