LADWP to install new solar power systems at five city facilities

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1, 2003 — As a part of a new era to bring additional clean renewable energy resources to the City, LADWP will install photovoltaic (PV) solar power systems at five branch libraries over the next two years. These new solar facilities are included within the LADWP commitment from its Public Benefits budget to assist in the installation of solar energy through June 2011.

Solar systems approved in the specific agreement will provide up to 95 kilowatts of power, and produce about 148,000 kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy each year. The solar-generated electricity will offset the electrical energy needs of about 100 homes.

“The new solar power systems for city buildings demonstrate important examples of how the Department of Water and Power is working with the City and other partners to provide additional clean renewable energy resources that will help fight smog and enhance air quality,” said David Wiggs, LADWP general manager.

Lillian Kawasaki, LADWP assistant general manager of environmental affairs and economic development, said that solar projects at municipal buildings demonstrate the City’s and the LADWP’s leadership roles in encouraging solar power production and development of clean renewable energy sources.

The five facilities to first receive the solar systems are the Sun Valley, Canoga Park, Lakeview Terrace, Hyde Park, and Ascot library branches.

The new city solar facilities will join other major government and business facilities in Los Angeles that generate solar power electricity including the Los Angeles Convention Center; the new downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels; Neutrogena corporate headquarters; California State University, Northridge; and Whole Food Market stores.

These latest solar power projects are part of an overall LADWP initiative to increase the amount and percentage of renewable energy in its power mix over the next several years.

In February the Mayor and the LADWP announced plans to build a major wind turbine project near Mojave, California. And in March, the Mayor, city officials and the Department of Water and Power showcased and dedicated a state-of-the-art fuel cell generating unit at its downtown headquarters building.

The Solar Power program is part of the LADWP Green LA environmental program that also includes Trees for a Green LA, Energy Efficiency, Cool Schools tree planting program, Electric Transportation, Green Power for a Green LA and Recycling activities. Additional information about the Green LA Programs can be received by logging on to, or city residents and businesses can phone 1-800-Green LA.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipally owned utility in the nation, serves 3.8 million residents and businesses in Los Angeles within a 465-mile area. LADWP has provided vital services to the city for more than a century.

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