The business community in Los Angeles is going green in a big way by pushing forward a plan to energize the city with the nation’s largest solar feed-in tariff. At the forefront of the movement is the Solar Coalition led by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), and the plan has support from local non-profit and environmental organizations including Global Green, the Sierra Club, and the United States Green Building Council. The coalition campaign calls for a 600 megawatt Solar Feed-in Tariff program that will help ensure private investment in solar while helping meet Mayor Antonio Villariagosa’s renewable energy goals.
The 600 megawatt proposal was derived from a study initiated by the LABC Solar Coalition in conjunction with the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation that looked at the feasibility and impact of a solar FiT program in Los Angeles. The plan also would help create 11,000 local green jobs, generating enough clean energy to meet three percent of Los Angeles’ needs.
“A solar feed-in tariff can be one of the easiest and fastest ways to make real progress towards the goals that Los Angeles has set for itself,” notes lead author and project manager at the Luskin Center of Innovation, Ryan Matulka.“This type of program takes advantage of L.A.’s underutilized rooftop and parking lot assets to generate clean energy and jobs. If it is properly designed and implemented, it can be a win-win for all the stakeholders involved.”
Just last week, Council Woman Jan Perry, chair of the Energy and Environment Committee, agreed to bring the coalition’s latest study to the Los Angeles Council. The study will undergo a 45-day review period after which the FiT program could be implemented before to the end of this year.