Boyle Heights Joins Nation’s Largest Rooftop Solar
Feed-in Tariff Program

Watch Councilmember Huizar flip the switch on the latest solar feed-in tariff installation.

CLEAN LA Solar is a groundbreaking new energy program that supplies zero-carbon, renewable energy for Los Angeles while creating jobs and fueling private investment in our city. Supported by the Los Angeles Business Council and our CLEAN LA Coalition, the program takes advantage of the vast, underutilized rooftop space in all of L.A.’s neighborhoods, including disadvantaged areas that had been left out of our growing green economy. Launched in 2013, CLEAN LA Solar will be the largest urban rooftop solar program in the United States – and is already being hailed as a model for the nation. Read more about the first CLEAN LA Solar project.

CLEAN LA Solar allows businesses and commercial property-owners to generate energy for the city’s power grid through rooftop solar panels, and sell the power to the Department of Water and Power (DWP). This policy is known as a feed-in-tariff (FiT), and is one of the best mechanisms to promote clean, solar energy.

California has a requirement to generate 33% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Currently, most of L.A.’s renewable power is generated outside the L.A. basin and transmitted inefficiently to customers. By contrast, the CLEAN LA Solar program incentivizes clean-energy production within city limits. The result will be more efficient power delivery and a reduction in the city’s reliance on polluting, coal-fired power plants. The FiT also does not require new or upgraded transmission lines.

Currently authorized at 150 megawatts (MW), CLEAN LA Solar was developed by the CLEAN LA Coalition, spearheaded by the LABC, along with the UCLA Luskin School of Public Policy, the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and the LADWP. The program was authorized by the City Council and DWP Commission in January 2013.

The program became a reality thanks to the leadership of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti and the rest of the Los Angeles City Council, and the LABC’s CLEAN LA Coalition, whose members include business, environmental, civic, community, academic and environmental justice groups. Over time, the coalition hopes to expand the program to UCLA’s recommended 600 MW.