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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 17, 2012 1:15:37 PM PDT

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For Immediate Release
July 17, 2012 

LADWP PILOT FEED-IN TARIFF SOLAR PROGRAM GARNERS
STRONG RESPONSE IN FIRST REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) new customer-focused initiative to expand solar power in Los Angeles took an important step forward with the recent close of applications from customers or other third parties seeking to develop and generate up to 10 megawatts (MW) of solar power that will be purchased by LADWP for distribution on the city’s power grid through a Feed-in Tariff Demonstration Program.

LADWP staff has begun reviewing 26 applications submitted during a 1 1/2 month bidding period and will narrow the field to a short list of proposed projects in August. The short-listed projects will undergo interconnection studies in August through September, with final contracts offered and signed in October and November.

The FiT Demonstration Program allows solar energy producers to sell solar power directly to LADWP to feed into its electric distribution grid. During the demonstration phase, the program is offering up to 10 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic projects for third-party development.

Projects will be selected based on the proposer’s price and the project feasibility.  Upon completion, successful projects will receive their proposed price per kilowatt-hour, fixed for up to 20 years.

“This is a significant step toward enhancing the amount of solar energy produced in Los Angeles,” General Manager Ronald O. Nichols stated. “We are very encouraged by the strong showing of well-priced proposed projects in the first round of bidding. “

During the demonstration phase, LADWP will fine-tune the process and gain pricing information to create the most cost effective FiT program for Los Angeles. “We are starting small to make sure we get it right,” General Manager Nichols said, adding that by the end of the year, LADWP will move forward with approval and implementation of the full FiT program, which will offer 150 MW worth of renewable energy.   The results of the demonstration program and bid evaluation will provide information needed on pricing mechanisms and the rate at which the rest of the 150 MW will be deployed.

For information on LADWP’s customer-focused solar programs, please visit www.ladwp.com/fit for the FiT Program and www.ladwp.com/solar for the popular residential and commercial rebate-based Solar Incentive Program.

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For more information contact:
Joseph Ramallo
Communications Director, LADWP
(213) 367-1361