The Clean Local Energy Accessible Now LA (CLEAN LA) proposal is garnering support from various organizations in California, including the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, the American Lung Association in California and the Sierra Club. The groups came together to sign a letter stating their support of the program that has been led by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC).
The letter of endorsement from the organizations went on to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Council members, and directors of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP). Aside from stating the groups backing for CLEAN LA, the signed letter also called for the program to receive funding through LADWP’s upcoming integrated resource plan.
The CLEAN LA proposal outlines a plan that permits businesses and residents to install solar panels on their roofs and then sell the electricity generated back to their local utility. Essentially, the program would be one of the largest FiT plans in the U.S. Working with UCLA researchers for the past five years, LABC is proposing a five-year, 150MW FiT program that would commence in July and allow for participants to partake in up to US$300 million in federal tax credits for the installation of solar panels.
In the past Mayor Villaraigosa has been a supporter of solar programs and was a proponent for the establishment of a FiT program for Los Angeles back in 2009. At this point the CLEAN LA proposal is under review at the City Council, who is working towards a partnership with LADWP.
“Los Angeles ratepayers deserve to profit from the power that solar energy produces,” said LABC President Mary Leslie. “That’s why this unprecedented group of community leaders and industry stakeholders agree that renters and owners must be able to generate solar power and sell it back to the grid in LA.”
LABC looks to eventually have the CLEAN LA program expand to 600MW, with the balance accomplished by 2020.