LADWP to Install New Solar Power Systems

July 30, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP, Los Angeles, CA) announced that it will install photovoltaic (PV) solar power systems at five branch libraries over the next two years. The new solar facilities are included within the LADWP commitment from its Public Benefits budget to assist in the installation of solar energy through June 2011.

Solar systems approved in the specific agreement will provide up to 95kW of power, and produce about 148,000kWh of clean, renewable energy each year. The solar-generated electricity will offset the electrical energy needs of about 100 homes. The five facilities to first receive the solar systems are the Sun Valley, Canoga Park, Lakeview Terrace, Hyde Park and Ascot library branches.

The new city solar facilities will join other major government and business facilities in Los Angeles that generate solar power electricity, including the Los Angeles Convention Center; the new downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels; Neutrogena corporate headquarters; California State University, Northridge; and Whole Food Market stores. The latest solar power projects are part of an overall LADWP initiative to increase the amount and percentage of renewable energy in its power mix over the next several years.