Local Solar Gets Another Boost as LADWP Re-opens
Feed-in Tariff Program for Applications July 8
|LOS ANGELES — Shortly after celebrating the completion of the first Feed-in Tariff (FiT) solar installation, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will begin accepting applications for the second 20-megawatt (MW) allocation of local solar and other eligible renewable energy projects under the 100 MW FiT Set Pricing Program on July 8. The application period for the second allocation will remain open through December 31, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
“We received a tremendous response from the first 20-MW round of the FiT Set Pricing Program and look forward to offering the next 20 MW to produce more clean renewable energy for distribution on the city’s power grid,” said Ronald O. Nichols, LADWP General Manager.
LADWP’s FiT Program – the largest offered by any U.S. city – allows customers, developers, and other third parties to develop solar or other eligible renewable energy projects within LADWP’s service area and sell the power to the Department at a set price.
The first FiT solar project, installed on the roof of Oxnard Plaza Apartments in North Hollywood, came online on June 26, 2013.
In February, LADWP offered the first wave of 20 MW and received 136 applications for 115 MW of solar. Of these, 60 applications have passed the technical screening and 27 have received interconnection cost studies so far.
Anticipating another strong response, LADWP will accept applications for renewable projects from 30 kilowatts (kW) to 3 MW on a first-come, first-served basis for 20 MW. Project applications that are received during the first five-day period (July 8 at 8:00 a.m. to July 12 at 4:00 p.m.) will be prioritized on the FiT Reservation List by lottery; applications thereafter will be prioritized in the order received. For each project that meets the qualifications, LADWP will enter into a standard offer contract for up to 20 years and purchase the power output at 16 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
Subsequent 20-MW allocations will be made available every six months through 2016 until the full 100 MW of solar capacity is subscribed. The price will decline according to a tiered price structure that caps the amount of power that can be reserved at each price. When each tier reaches its limit of reserve capacity, the price will be reduced by 1 cent per kWh and fall to the next tier.
Interested participants may review the FiT Guidelines available at www.ladwp.com/fit for instructions on how to apply. Please call the FiT Program hotline at (213) 367-2100 or email FiT@ladwp.com for questions on the FiT program.