Southern California is celebrating the commissioning of 16.4 megawatts of rooftop solar at the Westmont Solar Energy Project near the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro. Covering 2 million square feet of warehouse roof space, the project is expected to generate $76 million in revenue over a 20-year lease agreement through the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) feed-in tariff program, which allows building owners to sell excess electricity their rooftop solar arrays generate back to LADWP.
The system, installed by PermaCity Solar is expected to generate more than 28 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually and is the second largest rooftop solar installation in the US—just behind Apple’s 17 megawatt array at its new headquarters in Cuperino, CA. But the Westmont project is expected to exceed Apple headquarters’ total solar generation becuase its using more efficient solar technologies and the project’s unique rooftop design, according to LADWP.
“Our goal is to create a clean energy future for Los Angeles and solar is a big part of our strategy,” LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said. “Along with helping spur the clean energy economy in Los Angeles and meeting renewable energy goals, the expansion of local solar builds more resiliency and reliability into the power grid. Local solar systems are like mini power plants that generate power right where it is being used, saving on transmission costs and taking advantage of the city’s abundant sunshine to help meet electrical demand.”
The Westmont project also created nearly 500 jobs during its construction, including 50 positions for military veterans. They were trained in project management, roofing and electrical installation through EmPower America, a workforce development organization that has trained more than 25,000 veterans.
The project is part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s (D) Sustainable City Plan, which calls for expanding the city’s economy by developing renewable energy projects and eliminating fossil fuels from its power supply. “We are putting sustainability at the center of everything we do in Los Angeles and that means investing boldly to expand the use of local solar and renewable energy,” said Mayor Garcetti. “While Washington buries its head in the sand, we are carrying the fight against climate change forward in our city, and the Westmont Solar Energy Project is strong evidence of our commitment to a sustainable future.”Tweet