La Kretz Goes LEED Platinum

LADWP’s La Kretz Innovation Campus is the first building in the U.S. to achieve both LEED v3 Platinum in New Construction and WELL v1 Gold Core and Shell certifications. LEED Platinum is the highest achievement for a building, according to the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) rating system, and La Kretz is the first LADWP building to achieve this level.

“At LADWP, we are committed to walking our talk about sustainability, and that includes green buildings,” said Commissioner Cynthia McClain-Hill, Vice President of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. “Everything that is happening at La Kretz not only makes sense environmentally, but economically as well, and it shows how our customers and partners can be a part of our move toward a clean energy future.”

Located in LA’s Arts District, the fully-renovated campus, managed by the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), is a 60,000 square-foot, one-story brick masonry building that was purchased by LADWP in 2010. To celebrate the LEED and WELL certifications, LADWP and LACI held an unveiling of the designation plaques at the campus during the recent Net Zero Conference & Expo, the world’s largest annual building industry event dedicated to net zero energy, water, waste, and transit.

“At LADWP, we are proud to have our sustainability practices extend to not only our customers, but our internal operations as well,” says Chief Sustainability Officer, Nancy Sutley. “By implementing extensive clean energy measures throughout our facilities, we are leading by example to help minimize our environmental impact.”

LADWP created the space as a hub for merging science, entrepreneurship, environmentalism and policymaking to advance the development of a sustainable future.  La Kretz was able to achieve LEED platinum status, thanks in large part to state-of-the-art, innovative design features such as a grey water system that provides irrigation for a neighboring park, a microgrid energy solar and battery system, a 175-kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, fast charger EV stations and two bioswales.

La Kretz is also the first public building to be WELL certified in Los Angeles. The building was able to achieve WELL Gold due to the facility’s access to LADWP’s quality potable water system, excellent inside air quality and the overall well-being of the building design. The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.


Stormwater and Solar+Storage Projects Honored for Engineering Excellence

Western Council of Construction Consumers Honors LADWP with Six Awards

By Paola Adler

Two innovative LADWP projects were recently honored with six awards from the Western Council of Construction Consumers (WCCC) for excellence, sustainability and innovation in construction. LADWP Water System’s Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project and LADWP Power System’s Beacon Solar & Battery Energy Storage System were each awarded three 2019 Owners’ Project Excellence Awards. The WCCC award program recognizes continuous improvement and excellence in engineering, design and construction of quality, cost-effective, innovative and sustainable construction projects.

The Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project reconfigures and deepens 20 existing stormwater capture spreading basins of varying sizes into 10 deeper basins, doubling the capture capacity of the stormwater that percolates into the natural aquifer below to recharge the City’s groundwater supply. The Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project will increase LADWP’s capture capacity to 5 billion gallons of water, enough to supply up to 48,000 single family homes in Los Angeles. The enhancements will also help improve the environment and provide social equity by beautifying the community with native vegetation and open space.

LADWP’s Beacon Solar & Battery Energy Storage System is the Department’s largest owned solar plus utility-scale energy storage facility, supplying 250 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy alongside a 20MW lithium-ion battery storage system. The project is the first of its kind for the Department. The power plant and storage system work in tandem to supply clean, carbon-free energy to LADWP’s customers while maintaining reliability. The project will help support the Department’s renewable energy goals, such as providing a 100 percent renewable energy supply by 2045 as outlined by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s 2019 Sustainable City pLAn.

“These two projects showcase LADWP’s commitment to excellence across the Department,” said Martin L. Adams, LADWP General Manager and Chief Engineer. “Innovation in engineering has always been at the core of what we do at LADWP, all the way back to William Mulholland. Our employees continue to plan and build innovative solutions to provide safe and reliable water and power to our customers.”

In the “Infrastructure – New Construction” category, WCCC awarded LADWP’s Beacon project its second highest award, the Distinguished Project Achievement Award, for meeting its criteria requirements while also maintaining an extraordinary safety record. LADWP’s Tujunga Spreading Grounds project received the Exceptional Project Achievement Award, the WCCC’s third highest honor, in the “Infrastructure – Renovation” category. Both projects were also recognized with two Special Distinction Awards – the Sustainability Excellence Award, given to projects that achieved high sustainability requirements, took creative sustainability approaches and achieved significant energy savings; and the Innovative Project Solutions Award, for projects where new, unique or innovative construction solutions were implemented.

The projects have also been recognized through industry awards at the state and national level, with Tujunga receiving two awards in Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Sciences (AAEES) in April 2019 and Beacon being chosen as the American Society of Civil Engineer (ASCE) Region 9 “Outstanding Energy Project” for 2018.

LADWP’s Water Resources division is supporting the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project, which will be completed in late 2020. Learn more about the project by visiting or watching the following video.

LADWP’s Beacon Solar & Battery Energy Storage System has been operational since October 2018. You can learn more by reading our project profile here on Intake.

LADWP Retiree Susana Reyes Joins Board of Water and Power Commissioners

Susana Reyes, former LADWP Director of Low-Income Customer Access, is the newest member of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners.  Confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on June 5, 2019, she was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti  to a four-year term through June 20, 2020, replacing outgoing Commissioner Aura Vasquez.

LADWP Commissioner Susana Reyes

The first Filipino-American to be appointed to the Board, Reyes is also the first LADWP retiree to hold a seat on the commission. She previously served as the director of LADWP’s Low-Income Customer Access, a position that helped ensure low-income ratepayers could access financial assistance, discounts and rebates offered by the utility.  A public servant for over 32 years, she is the founder and CEO of AgilEngines LLC, an advocacy and consulting firm focused on community outreach and civic engagement strategies.

“I’m very grateful to Mayor Garcetti for his trust and confidence in me to represent the ratepayers and help oversee LADWP as it continues to transform its water and energy future,” said Reyes. “I’m very humbled, honored and privileged to be here. I’m going to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”

Her experience also includes working on Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainability team as a Senior Sustainability Analyst, where she helped oversee the implementation of Los Angeles’ first Sustainable City pLAn and secured a $1.7 million grant for the City from the California Air and Resources Board to help launch BlueLA — an EV car sharing pilot program in low-income communities. She is also an active member of the Sierra Club, and was elected to the organization’s first-ever all-female Executive Committee in 2017.

“Susana has spent her life and career helping to build a more sustainable city that serves every Angeleno — no matter their zip code,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Her expertise in environmental policy, fiscal management, and community engagement will be an invaluable asset to our utility.”

“Solar Star”: LADWP Retains Title for Most Installed Solar in America

By Carol Tucker

It’s no surprise that the city of Los Angeles has its share of stars, but once again our city has the brightest star in the nation when it comes to solar power.

For the second straight year, Los Angeles leads the nation in total installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity among the 69 cities surveyed for the Shining Cities 2019: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy report released this month (April 2019) by the Environment America Research & Policy Center.

According to the report, “Los Angeles retained the top spot in 2018, as it did from 2013 to 2015 and in 2017, after briefly being topped by San Diego in 2016. Since 2016, Los Angeles has added over 150 MW of solar capacity.”

LADWP General Manager David H. Wright credits the ranking to the vibrant and diverse communities of Los Angeles that have embraced solar. “This achievement is a testament to the enthusiasm of Los Angeles residents and businesses for going solar,” said Wright. “I would like to thank our customers and communities for working with us diligently over the years to create local solar programs that deliver on the promise of solar power – environmentally, economically, and equitably.”

At the end of 2018, Los Angeles had nearly 420 total megawatts (MW-DC) of installed local solar power—a 20 percent increase over last year. That amount of clean energy is enough to power approximately 115,500 homes in Los Angeles and save 241,101 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions — the equivalent of removing 51,869 gas-fueled cars off the road.

Los Angeles also moved up from 15th to 14th in the rankings of solar PV per person, with 105 solar watts per person—a 20 percent increase over the prior year. “The improvement in solar per capita is especially gratifying when you consider the high density of population per square mile in Los Angeles, which reflects a higher concentration of multi-family housing, compared to lower density cities that have higher rankings,” said Jason Rondou, Manager of Strategic Development and Programs.

“Going forward, we expect more residents to benefit from solar power as we expand our local solar programs, including Feed-in Tariff and Community Solar,” Rondou said. LADWP launched another new pilot program called Shared Solar in May 2019.  Shared Solar is designed to create solar access for communities with low solar installations and customers who cannot install their own solar systems.

View the Shining Cities 2019 report.

Angelenos Celebrate Opening of Ivanhoe Pathway to Public

By Dawn Cotterell

The Ivanhoe Pathway was officially opened to residents and visitors on Saturday, January 26, in a ceremony at the north end of the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex, home to both the Silver Lake and Ivanhoe Reservoirs. The recently completed, 1,000 foot-long pathway is made of decomposed granite with an access ramp at one end. The project was supported by employees from Water Engineering and Technical Services (WETS), Water Operations and Power Construction and Maintenance.

The ribbon cutting ceremony drew hundreds of community members and featured State Assemblymember Laura Friedman, L.A. Councilmember David Ryu of the 4th District, Board of Water and Power Commissioner and Vice-President Cynthia McClain-Hill, LADWP’s Chief Operating Officer Martin Adams and Sr. Assistant General Manager of the Water System Richard Harasick.

“While this complex still serves an important operational function for LADWP, we recognize it is also an integral part of the fabric of this community,” said Adams. “LADWP is proud to be able to work with our neighbors to enhance access to this iconic landmark for all to enjoy.”

Both walkways are a component of the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex Improvement Projects, a series of measures that are being implemented after feedback from local residents.

A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the Ivanhoe Pathway, a 1,000 foot-long pathway, at the north end of Silver Lake Reservoir Complex. (Photo by Art Mochizuki)

North Hollywood High School Wins Third Place at National Science Bowl in Washington, DC

By Walter Zeisl

North Hollywood High School won third place at the 29th Annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl after two days of intense competition composed of a field of 64 teams.

North Hollywood High School team members include Captain Albert Liu, Hangyul Lyna Kim, Thomas Panenko, Cindy Xie and Albert Zhang with Altair Maine and Len Soloff serving as their coaches.

Wayzata High School from Minnesota won the national championship. Dulles High School from Texas placed second.

North Hollywood High School won $1,000 for its science department for winning the division in the initial Round Robin Tournament. For placing third, the team won a trophy for the school and the students won medals.

Teams also attended lectures and demonstrations from top scientists. In addition, teams were able to visit Washington, DC monuments and museums.

This marks the 13th trophy for the Los Angeles regional championship team at the National Science Bowl, including four national championships, over the 26 years of participation in the program. This was also North Hollywood’s 10th National Science Bowl trophy. Last year North Hollywood placed second at the National Science Bowl.

“This is a terrific accomplishment for North Hollywood High School winning third place especially following last year’s second place finish. We are so proud of the hard working science students and their coaches. The students demonstrated that they are not only among the brightest high school students in Los Angeles, but in the nation,” said LADWP General Manager David H. Wright. “They represented our city and LADWP well. We congratulate them on an outstanding achievement.”

To qualify for the national competition, the North Hollywood High School team won the 2019 LADWP Science Bowl 27th Regional Competition in February, the school’s 20th regional title in the last 22 years.

Science Bowl is a proud LADWP tradition and example of the Department’s commitment to the Los Angeles educational community. LADWP educational programs include the Adopt-A-School Program, an electric safety program for elementary students, Times in Education Program and the Youth Service Academy. This year LADWP is partnering with two non-profit organizations on school education programs focusing on water and energy conservation in classrooms that also include live theater performances. In addition, LADWP co-sponsored an intensive Environmental Teacher Institute involving 24-hours of training.

Award Ceremony at National Finals pictured L-R Coach Altair Maine, Coach Len Soloff,  Team Captain Albert Liu, Hangyul Lyna Kim, USDOE Undersecretary Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, Thomas Panenko and Cindy Xie, Photo courtesy LADWP/Dawn Cotterell

Welcome Commissioner Cynthia McClain-Hill

By Ellen Cheng

LADWP proudly welcomed Cynthia McClain-Hill to the Board of Commissioners following her confirmation by the Los Angeles City Council on August 16, 2018. Appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, she will serve a four-year term, and replaced former Board Vice-President William W. Funderburk, Jr.

McClain-Hill has served on multiple local boards and commissions, including the City’s Police Commission and Community Redevelopment Agency, and was president of the National Association of Women Business Owners from 2008-2009. She is a widely respected attorney and public policy strategist, and is managing director of Strategic Counsel PLC.

“LADWP plays a very important role in the everyday lives of Angelenos, and I am thrilled to take on the challenge of helping to lead the Department into the future, protecting the interests of ratepayers and moving forward on the goals of the Mayor’s Sustainable City pLAn,” said McClain-Hill.

David H. Wright added, “I very much look forward to working with Commissioner McClain-Hill as we continue to focus on investing in our water and power infrastructure, improving our customer’s experience and transforming our water and power supplies to more sustainable resources.”

(Photo by Art Mochizuki)

Science Bowl Regional Champs Make L.A. Proud, Winning 2nd Place in National Contest

By Walter Zeisl and Paola Adler

LADWP Science Bowl regional champion North Hollywood High School took second place at the 28th Annual U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl after two days of intense competition in Washington D.C. The group of five students faced 65 teams from all over the U.S. to claim their runner-up prize. Their May 1, 2018 victory on marks the ninth time that the school has placed first through fifth at the national level throughout their 25 years of participation in the program.

“This is a tremendous achievement for North Hollywood High School winning their fifth second place trophy. We are so proud of the hard working science scholars who demonstrated that they are not only among the best and brightest high school students in Los Angeles, but in the nation,” said LADWP General Manager David Wright.  “They represented our city and LADWP well. Our hats are off to these amazing students.”

Team wins its fifth, second-place trophy.


North Hollywood High School team members and coaches: (from L) head coach Altair Maine, Albert Liu, Alex Ke, Richard Shuai, Dohyun Cheon, Dominick Joo and assistant coach Leonard Soloff, assistant coach. (Photos courtesy of National Science Bowl®, Department of Energy, Office of Science)

Held annually in Washington, D.C., the weekend of competition included participation by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Teams also attended lectures and demonstrations from top scientists and visited Washington, D.C. monuments and museums. In addition to their trophy, the team won a seven-day science research trip to Alaska sponsored by the DOE Office of Science. They were also awarded $1,000 for winning their division in the preliminary round robin tournament.

To qualify for the national competition, the North Hollywood High School team won the 2018 LADWP Science Bowl 25th Annual Regional Competition in February. The victory marked the school’s 19th regional title in the last 21 years.

Science Bowl is a proud LADWP tradition and an example of our organization’s commitment to the Los Angeles educational community. “We support Science Bowl each year because it’s a program that challenges and molds the next generation of science leaders,” said George Rofail, assistant director of Customer Service. “It’s rewarding to see one of our local teams succeed and become the second best in the country.”

Want to see the award-winning team in action? A 60-minute television program, covering the final two rounds of this year’s regional Science Bowl competition.

View the video.


Longest Power System Underground Transmission Line Completed

By Deborah Hong

LADWP has completed a major underground transmission project to improve power reliability for dense Westside communities.

Scattergood-Olympic Cable A Transmission Project, a critical piece of the Department’s plan to replace aging power infrastructure, features the city’s longest underground transmission cable at 11.4 miles. The cable is more than 6 inches in diameter and weighs 35 pounds per foot. The $130 million transmission line begins in West Los Angeles and runs south to past Westchester, and serves communities along that corridor as well as those as far north as the Pacific Palisades. It also connects to the citywide high-voltage transmission grid, ensuring reliable electric service for millions of Angelenos.

“This project and other transmission line upgrades are critical parts of transforming L.A.’s power supply and rebuilding our aging power grid infrastructure so that we can effectively deliver increasing amounts of renewable power to our valued customers,” said Reiko Kerr, Senior Assistant General Manager of Power System Engineering, Planning, and Technical Services.


The new transmission line is an addition to the original line which began commercial service in 1974 and had been experiencing reliability issues. The original line will be used a backup, should it be needed. With the completion of Scattergood-Olympic Cable A, power system reliability for western Los Angeles has been enhanced with improved system flexibility. It also allows for more efficient use of power generation resources, including LADWP’s Scattergood Generation Station.

Stretching from Scattergood Generating Station near LAX to the Olympic Receiving Station in West LA, the Scattergood-Olympic Cable A line operates at 230 kilovolts (kV) and can transfer 656 megavolt amperes (MVA). The cable is connected through underground vaults that are located less than half a mile apart, which reduced the cost of installation and will improve reliability.


Employees celebrate completion of the Scattergood-Olympic line on September 26, 2018. (Photo by Chris Corsmeier)

The project began in 2008, and constructing the line was no small feat. Under the leadership of Kishan Kasondra, project manager in the Power System’s Major Projects and Project Management section, the project was a great example of excellent cooperation and communication. As the line runs along several busy corridors in western Los Angeles, completing the project required close coordination with multiple agencies, including Caltrans, the Federal Aviation Administration, Coastal Commission, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering, Los Angeles Council District 11, five neighborhood councils and the City of Culver City.

One of the biggest tasks the project team faced was installing the cable across the Lincoln Bridge through Ballona Creek, which required the completion of a thorough two-year study for the permit to be approved. “The team worked hard and found solutions to some interesting challenges,” said Kasondra.

(Top photo by Art Mochizuki)

Benedict Canyon Water Pipe Replaced Ahead of Schedule

By Michael Ventre

A major pipeline replacement project to improve water reliability was completed well ahead of schedule , putting the popular Benedict Canyon Drive back in business two months earlier than planned. The project was completed in September 2018 – two months early – because of a well-coordinated effort involving LADWP Water System staff working in partnership with the office of Councilmember Paul Koretz (5th District) and other City of Los Angeles agencies. The efficient work is expected to an estimated $1.8 million.

Constructed by LADWP’s Western District crews, the project replaced 5,200 feet of pipeline that had been originally installed in the 1960s with new 12-inch steel pipeline along Benedict Canyon Drive, south of Mulholland Drive to Hutton Drive, as well as a new 8-inch steel pipeline along Liebe Drive. Four new fire hydrants were also installed. This project will increase water system reliability in the area and improve the existing fire protection capabilities.

“We are very pleased that this challenging project went smoothly and was completed sooner than anticipated,” LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said. “It is a tribute to the dedication and professionalism of everyone involved, but it is also due to the patience and understanding demonstrated by local residents, commuters and community leaders during the construction period.”

The effort began in early 2018 with outreach to the local community to solicit feedback on issues involving traffic and local access, spearheaded by LADWP’s Water Distribution Division and members of the Communications, Media and Community Affairs and Marketing and Economic Development teams. The project was then tailored to address that feedback and to accommodate the needs of the local community and motorists, which included the placement of LADWP Security Services Officers and traffic control officers at several locations in Benedict Canyon and neighboring Deep Canyon to manage traffic in and around the project area.

The Benedict Canyon project is part of LADWP Water System’s efforts to upgrade the infrastructure throughout its service area. LADWP operates and maintains over 7,300 miles of water transmission and distribution pipes. LADWP’s goal is to replace all pipes as they near the end of their expected lifespan.

As part of the Water System’s strategic plan, almost 250 miles of pipe have been replaced since 2006. Distribution pipe replacement will increase for the next five years to 300,000 feet in 2023.

New Attic Insulation Rebate Helps Customers Save Energy and Money

By Albert Rodriguez

Continuing our mission of putting customers first, LADWP offers a new rebate program to help our customers save energy and reduce their electric bill.

In August 2018, LADWP and Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a five-year, $100 million attic insulation rebate program that will help Angelenos save about 80 percent of the cost of the materials and labor to install attic insulation, up to $1 per square foot. It is the latest addition to a roster of rebates offered through LADWP’s Consumer Rebate Program, which has invested nearly $531 million in energy savings since 2013. As of November 15, 2018, 499 applications for the attic insulation rebate program have been received.

The attic insulation rebate program is expected to help Angelenos save between $200 and $375 per year on their electric bills, or 15 to 30 percent in average annual cooling and heating expenses. Available to all LADWP customers in a detached single family or multi-residential home, such as a duplex, the rebate subsidizes the cost of materials and other expenses that are required to install the insulation. Insulation, especially in an attic, allows for cool air from an air conditioner to spread more evenly, keeping living environments cooler for longer periods of time. Insulation has the opposite effect in the winter by working to keep heat indoors. Participating homeowners can expect temperature fluctuations to drop to 3 degrees or less, resulting in reduced costs for air-conditioning or heating.

“Many of our customers overlook attic insulation as one of the easiest ways to save money on their electric bill. With this new rebate, we are making it more affordable for our customers to make their homes more energy efficient for years to come,” said LADWP General Manager David H. Wright. “We encourage all of our customers to explore this and the many other money-saving programs and rebates offered by LADWP.”

Eligible insulation types include blanket (batts and rolls), loose-fill, blown-in, attic-applied foam board or rigid foam, sprayed foam, and foamed-in-place insulation systems. Rebates are available to customers regardless of whether they hire a contractor or do it themselves.

Multiple LADWP personnel collaborated on the launch of the new rebate program. The Efficiency Solutions team within the Office of Sustainability developed the program’s financial and engineering parameters, such as rebate amounts, efficiency requirements and allowable insulation types. The Customer Service Division’s Customer Program Management team is implementing and managing the program. The Communications, Media and Community Affairs Division as well as the Marketing and Economic Development Division are working to promote the program to customers.

Since 2013, LADWP has made nearly $531 million in energy-saving investments through customer programs and rebates. Together, these investments have conserved 2,065 GWh of electricity, which is enough to power 345,000 homes for a year, and equivalent to removing 170,000 gasoline-fueled cars from our roads.

Learn more about our Energy Efficiency Programs.

(Photo by Chris Corsmeier)

Get a Share of Solar Power! Pilot Program Will Help Renters Go Solar

By Carol Tucker

LADWP is preparing to launch a new community solar program that will allow residential customers living in multifamily dwellings (apartments, condominiums, duplexes) to participate in L.A.’s thriving solar economy as well as fix a portion of their electric bill against rising utility costs.

Recognizing that a large segment of the city’s population is unable to benefit from solar power, the LADWP Board of Water and Power Commissioners had approved the pilot program in September 2018. The pilot Shared Solar Program stems from LADWP’s Equity Metrics Data Initiative, which identified the need to expand the benefits of solar to renters as well as improve the geographic solar diversity in Los Angeles, bringing clean energy to more vulnerable communities.

Expected to launch in the first quarter of 2019, the program will bring the economic and environmental benefits of this clean sustainable resource to customers who live in multifamily buildings and cannot participate in traditional solar programs. To broaden the geographic equity of local solar projects, the solar power will come in part from new projects built by LADWP in areas identified as having a lack of installed solar. These include economically disadvantaged communities as well as those designated by the city as “Clean Up Green Up” neighborhoods—Pacoima-Sun Valley in the East San Fernando Valley, Boyle Heights near downtown, and Wilmington in the Harbor area. If green-lighted by the City Council, LADWP expects to launch the program in January 2019.

How It Works

Eligible customers will be able to purchase blocks of solar power—up to 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month—at a 10-year fixed rate. LADWP has committed to providing up to 10 megawatts (MW) of solar power under the pilot program. LADWP will build new local solar on rooftops of LADWP and City-owned buildings, parking lots, and other structures. Part of the solar power for the program will also come from a large-scale 90 MW solar project due to be completed in 2019 in the Mojave Desert.

“Los Angeles is already America’s No. 1 Shining City, and now thousands more Angelenos will be able to enjoy the benefits of solar power,” said Mel Levine, president of the LADWP Board of Water and Power Commissioners. “At the same time, the program will help us achieve the Sustainable City pLAn local solar goals and our aggressive renewable energy targets.”

The Shared Solar Pilot Program the first step.  LADWP is carving out a reduced rate for Shared Solar to make it affordable for income-qualified and disadvantaged customers. Toward that end, LADWP is working with community partners to obtain external funding, such as grants, to offset the cost of a discounted low-income rate. The Shared Solar program was crafted to be revenue neutral for non-participants, so that the proposed rate covers the cost of procuring, building, operating, and maintaining the solar projects along with program administration.

Shared Solar is part of LADWP’s umbrella of Community Solar Programs. In 2017, LADWP launched the first Community Solar Program, the pilot Solar Rooftop Program (SRP), which also prioritizes customers who reside in areas of low solar penetration.

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Shared Solar Pilot Program