On June 27th, Los Angeles mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Clean LA Solar members announced the launch of the country’s largest Feed in traffic program. To comply with the state-mandate to produce about 33% of cities electricity through renewable energy by 2020, LA flips the switch.
With this project, Los Angeles Department of Power and Water customers will be able to sell electricity they’ll generate through solar panels. LADWP will redistribute this electricity across the city. The goal is to generate 150 megawatts to the electric circuit of the city or at least to generate enough electricity to power up 30,000 houses in the city.
The announcement was made at the top of a North Hollywood building which is part of the project and can provide 142,000kilowatt/hour. Los Angeles gathered a network of a hundreds of buildings for the FiT program. It will allow the city to reduce its greenhouse gas pollution by 147 tons. With about 300 days of sunshine a year, Los Angeles has a natural advantage for solar projects.
According to a study led by UCLA, this program will help the still small renewable energy market. It might create around 4300 jobs from maintenance to engineers or project managers.
More info on the FiT website.