The City of Los Angeles and the State of California have driven innovative policies shaping the green economy in the region. From the green building ordinance, to renewable energy standards, The River Revitalization Plan, The solar plan, to the Mayor's Water Plan, the City leadership is finding solutions for the region's environmental needs and can drive international and local markets. The State of California is a nationally recognized environmental leader-- clean technology opportunities abound.
GREEN LA Action Plan
The unique characteristics of Los Angeles' municipal government offer an impressive opportunity to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Ownership of the largest municipal utility in the country allows the City to directly affect a major source of greenhouse gases.
GREEN LA offers a bold, innovative blueprint for reducing the City's carbon footprint and addressing climate change in an effective, efficient and tangible manner.
For more information about GREEN LA Action Plan click here.
Smart Grid Demonstration Project
Through $60M award granted by the Department of Energy Los Angeles will implement a regional demonstration project to update the region’s aging power grid, improve energy efficiency, and reduce costs for consumers through the use of smart energy meters.
Collaborators and CleanTech LA members:
- Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
- University of Southern California
- University of California, Los Angeles
- California Institute of Technology/ Jet Propulsions Laboratory
For more information about Smart Grid Demonstration Project click here.
Charge Up LA
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has launched its new program, Charge Up LA to encourage residents to drive electric vehicles. Electric vehicles are popping up everywhere. Passing up gasoline and instead opting for electricity, EVs emit up to 75% less greenhouse gases than traditional vehicles. Not only are they beneficial for the environment, but they also promote Los Angeles’s green economy.
In response, LADWP has recently launched its new electric vehicle home charger rebate program for residential customers, which covers up to $2,000 of electric vehicle chargers and installation fees. With several money saving service options and seven day installation in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, LADWP has made electric vehicles more attractive than ever. In addition, LADWP will upgrade over 80 existing public chargers and plans to later invest in the addition of new public chargers.
To search for current locations of charge ports in Southern California as well as suggest locations for new ports, visit So Cal EV
Department of Water and Power Solar Incentive Program
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is promoting clean energy by providing incentives for customers who install solar panels.
LADWP’s Solar Incentive Program encourages businesses and homeowners to install solar PV capacity and aims to increase solar power usage in Los Angeles over the next few years. Customers who install solar PV systems are given a lump sum by LADWP. After installation, qualifying customers are provided with a “net meter” which tracks energy usage. If a customer’s solar system produces more energy than they use, this excess energy is turned to credit on their next bill.
Is it worth it? Residential systems cost roughly $8,000 per kilowatt-hour. Without rebates and incentives, installation may cost between $25,00 and $35,00. Commercial systems are around $6,000-$8,000 per kW AC. Customers can calculate their incentive payment based on the Expected Performance Based Buydown formula.
To learn more about this program and to apply please click here