LA To Be A Solar City?


In their new report, "Solar City: How Los Angeles Can Gain the Economic and Environmental Competitive Edge," Global Green USA challenged the city of LA to put solar on city controlled or influenced city buildings, affordable housing, and schools over the next 15 years. And a key force, the Mayor Hahn is behind the proposal.

With Global Green USA’s proposed goal, 70 MW to 80 MW of solar PV can be installed on available roof space with modest solar systems that help reduce peak demand and lessen air pollution by preventing "dirty peaker" plants turning on in the hottest days of summer. This goal amounts to an estimated 1 percent of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) electricity generating capacity over the next 10 years.

The proposed goal would be in addition to the existing solar program, and would be integrated into the city’s recently adopted Renewable Portfolio Standard which calls for increasing renewable power to 20 percent of the city’s energy. This policy can also leverage the tremendous growth of green building in the LA basin, as evidenced by the $15 billion in new green construction underway by LACCD, LAUSD, and the City of Los Angeles.

Global Green USA, the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International led by Mikhail S. Gorbachev, works in cooperation with individuals, industry, and governments to create a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future.

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