Los Angeles has most installed power of any U.S. city, report finds

Published on April 06, 2018 by Kevin Randolph

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday that the city has the most installed solar power of any city in the United States, according to a report by the Environment California Research & Policy Center.

Mayor Garcetti also unveiled a new 2.21-megawatt solar installation on the South Hall roof of the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“We’re proud to lead American cities in the movement to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement,” Garcetti said. “Every investment we make in solar is an investment in the health and well-being of Angelenos today and for years to come.”

According to the report, Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America, Los Angeles now has 349.3 total megawatts of installed local power. The city’s installed solar power increased by 44 percent increase over last year.

Los Angeles attributes the growth of local solar power, in part, to its Feed-in Tariff (FiT), customer net-metering programs and permitting processes.

PermaCity designed and constructed the Convention Center solar installation as a result of a public bid. Last summer, the company completed the 16.4 megawatt Westmont Solar Energy Project in San Pedro.