A Solar Equity Hotspot
This is a “solar equity hotspot”: which USC and UCLA describe as “a neighborhood with abundant rooftops and a large low-income population in need of job growth and economic investment.”
More than 40% of Clean LA’s projects are in solar equity hotspots. In many cases developers hired local workers, or forged partnerships with local training programs. One example is the Homeboy Industries’ Solar Panel Training and Installation program, at the East Los Angeles Skills Center public vocational school.
“I am excited to see a local business step up and join the CLEAN LA Solar movement in Boyle Heights,” said L.A. City Councilmember José Huizar, at the installation’s press conference. “I hope it inspires others in Council District 14 and throughout the City of Los Angeles to apply to this valuable, environmentally friendly program, which creates jobs and clean, renewable energy while reducing pollution.”
“We couldn’t be happier to be part of this program. I encourage other building owners to review the database and see what kind of rooftop solar potential their buildings may have,” said Jacob Levy, whose company Levy Affiliated Holdings owns the 103,000-square foot property.
“The combination of plentiful rooftop space and strong programs like the Department’s FiT program, along with the support of LABC, make this a very attractive area for us,” said Edge3 Solar’s founder Brad Goode.
A Goal of 1,500 Megawatts
In addition to the the Angelus Grand commercial plaza, Edge3 is installing another megawatt of capacity under LA’s FiT program and has plans for further development.
Mayor Eric Garcetti set a goal of 1,500 megawatts by 2025. USC and UCLA researchers estimate this will cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 million metric tons and create more than 36,000 new job years.
The Los Angeles Business Council set up a website that lists 7,000 properties that would benefit from rooftop solar development.
“Each new installation brings us one step closer to meeting Mayor Garcetti’s clean energy goals and creating a sustainable, thriving Los Angeles. Our clean energy efforts are turning out to be a critically important economic development tool for Los Angeles, and we’re just getting started.” said Mary Leslie, President of the Los Angeles Business Council.
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