Amanda Gassé for Zondits, April 13, 2015. Image credit: skeeze
Last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti released the Los Angeles’ Sustainability pLAn establishing targets on environmental, economic, and equity issues. The local solar section of the plan sets forth long-term goals to increase the city’s renewable energy generation and maintain its role as a leader in solar power. LA’s increased investment in clean power will reduce carbon emissions and increase grid reliability in a city whose population is expected to increase by a half-million by 2035. Combining the ample amount of sunshine in the city with the calculated rooftop square footage there is potential to add a significant amount of solar power to the grid. The pLAn projects to increase cumulative total megawatts (MW) of local solar photovoltaic (PV) power to 900 – 1500 MW by 2025 and 1500 – 1800 MW by 2035. The city will also increase the cumulative total MW of energy storage capacity to at least 1,654 MW by 2025. The document includes a list of twenty-three strategies and initiatives to reach these objectives, including expanding local PV development programs; implementing community solar and virtual net metering; accelerating permitting and adoption of rooftop PV; enhancing energy storage; developing grid-tied back-up solar and modernizing the energy grid; and having the solar installations lead by example.