|LADWP Named Among Top 10 Utilities Connecting Most Solar Megawatts to the Grid in 2015|
|LOS ANGELES —April 12, 2016 – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has been named as one of a select group of utilities that connected the most solar megawatts (MW) to the electrical grid in 2015. The distinction has earned LADWP a spot on the annual Top 10 utility solar lists compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), formerly the Solar Electric Power Association. In survey results released today, LADWP ranked No. 5 on the list, with 247 megawatts installed at 5,083 sites in 2015. The 2015 listings are the 2nd time LADWP has made SEPA’s Top 10.
“LADWP Solar is very proud of making the list,” said Michael Webster, Executive Director of Power System – Engineering and Technical Services. “The ranking is the result of a lot of hard work on the part of our employees and project managers and also the great relationships we have built with businesses and developers in the city.”
Local solar programs are a key element of LADWP’s renewable energy program, particularly customer-based programs that tap into the city’s abundant sunshine. LADWP offers two local programs: the Solar Incentive Program (SIP) for homeowners and businesses and the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program for third parties that develop solar and sell the power back to LADWP.
LADWP has committed to provide $313 million to support SIP solar projects, with the goal of achieving 280 MW of solar by the end of the year,” said John Dennis, Director of Power Planning & Development. The FiT program has nearly 70 MW of active projects in development at the time of this report. These local solar programs are an important part of achieving our long term goals of reaching 50% renewables by 2030.”
The awards for the utilities that made the list were announced at the SEPA’s flagship utility event, the Utility Solar Conference, this year being held in Denver. The ninth annual survey includes figures from more than 300 utilities across the country on solar connected to the grid both in 2015 and in total since 2007.
“We saw record installations of solar in 2015 across the United States,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA’s President and CEO. “Our Top 10 survey results detail the scale of this growth, and the active role an increasing number of utilities are playing in it.”
The full Top 10 listings are available online at www.sepatop10.org.
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit that facilitates the utility industry’s smart transition to a clean energy future. Through education, research and collaboration SEPA enables the integration and deployment of solar, demand response, other distributed energy resources, and supporting technologies onto the grid.
About LADWP Solar
Local solar projects help to meet LADWP’s renewable energy targets and reduce the carbon footprint created by fossil fuel burning power plants. Solar is also expected to be a vital catalyst for creating jobs and stimulating L.A.’s green economy. For more information, visit: www.ladwp.com/solar
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