The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) approved the initial environment documents mandated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) this week, paving the way for the city’s largest solar PV array to be built. The 5MW solar PV installation, called the Van Normam Bypass Reservoir Solar Project, is set to be built on the covered reservoir in Granada Hills at an estimated US$15.3 million.
Solar modules will be installed over the 575,000 square foot rigid roof that sits atop the potable water reservoir over six months, with an anticipated start date sometime in late 2011. The project is still subject to funding allocation, but when constructed will help Los Angeles reach its own renewable energy goals as well as state renewable energy goals.
“This project will foster the city’s green economy and help create green jobs. It also demonstrates our strategy of developing renewable energy in a thoughtful and cost-effective way by leveraging existing assets, including one of our own reservoirs,” said LADWP GM Austin Beutner.