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Los Angeles leads in installed solar power

The solar installation was selected by the Convention Centre as a result of public bid

South Hall roof of the centre in Downtown Los Angeles (PRNewsfoto/PermaCity Corp)
South Hall roof of the centre in Downtown Los Angeles (PRNewsfoto/PermaCity Corp)

The Los Angeles Convention Centre has completed the solar installation on its South Hall roof, which provides enough energy to power 565 Los Angeles residents. It has helped to make LA the leading city for installed solar power in the country, according to the latest ranking of 69 cities surveyed by the Environment California Research & Policy Centre.


Designed and constructed by rooftop solar specialist, PermaCity, the installation provides 2.21 megawatts of power, bringing the total generated by the project to 2.58 megawatts.


Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, was joined at the announcement of the new array by CEO of PermaCity, Jonathan Port, City Council members, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the Los Angeles Department of Convention & Tourism Development, and Environment California Research & Policy Centre, which released the new national solar rankings report, Shining Cities 2018: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America.


The solar installation was selected by the Convention Centre as a result of public bid. It makes use of PermaCity’s patented SolarStrap technology, which works with leading roof products and claims to yield up to 60 per cent more power over the system’s life.


"One of the challenging aspects of our project involved planning and designing the installation of the rooftop solar array in a manner that did not disrupt the numerous events we host in the exhibit halls below,” said Thomas Fields, chief operating officer, LA Department of Convention and Tourism Development. “PermaCity’s design solution and execution of the project was terrific; allowing us full continuity of business without a hitch."


Los Angeles attributes the growth of local solar PV as a direct result of LADWP’s solar feed-in tariff (FiT) and customer net-metering programmes, including the Solar Incentive Programme (SIP). LADWP’s FiT programme is the largest offered by any municipal utility in the US, generating 47 megawatts of solar projects with another 56 megawatts in development. PermaCity’s SolarStrap racking technology has supported more than 60 per cent of these projects.


In January 2018, PermaCity launched two new enterprises with a mission to grow solar and jobs: a $250M fund dedicated for solar projects and new roofs; and, PermaCity-Empower Corp to offer solar jobs to veterans and careers through the Unions.


PermaCity is the largest commercial rooftop solar developer and installer in Los Angeles and has worked with public facilities, real estate portfolio owners and business owners to convert unused roof assets into revenue. It has more than nine million square feet of commercial solar roofs and 100 megawatts of installed solar capacity.


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