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Los Angeles Relaunches Solar Rebate: 2 Dollars is Better than Zero Dollars

From the perspective of homeowners and businesses looking to go solar, the bigger the solar rebate the better. From the perspective of the utilities and government agencies that finance those rebates, often the opposite is true.

Usually, the decided upon rebate level ends up somewhere between these two parties' preferences.

That appears to be the case with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), which on Tuesday announced it will in September relaunch its solar energy rebate program at a new, lower level. Back in April, the utility suspended the program, citing record demand and dwindling coffers.

Once reopened, DWP's solar incentive program will offer residential rebates

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You Don't Have to Live in a Yurt: Solar Panels to Come Standard On SoCal Homes

Last month, we profiled a new lineup of energy-efficient homes from Meritage Homes. Not to be outdone, KB Home today announced plans to make solar panels a standard feature at its new community in southern California.

Having recently acquired land in West Hills Village in Valencia, the company will build energy-efficient homes on 43 lots. Each home will come with a photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system that will reduce owners' electricity costs, saving thousands of dollars in the coming years. The PV solar panels will of course also benefit the environment.

Here's a requisite snippet from the press release:

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DWP Suspends Los Angeles Solar Rebate Due to 'Record Demand'

Last fall Los Angeles' main utility, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP), was weighing a 30-percent cut to its solar rebate. Now, due to "record demand" for the rebates, DWP last Friday suspended the application process for at least 90 days.

The numbers tell all: some 2,000 rebate applications remain unprocessed, representing more than $110 million in demand for a round of rebate funds that's capped at $30 million for 2011. It seems people in L.A. really love solar power and how much money solar panels can shave off monthly electric bills. This is good news.

The bad news is that no one knows how things will pan out. According to DWP's website,

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Los Angeles Cruise Terminal Installs Rooftop Solar Power

The World Cruise Ship Termal at the Port of Los Angeles has installed a rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system that's expected to produce 1.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy each year. Roughly equivalent to the annual usage of 110 typical American homes, the system's output will be fed into the electric grid of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).

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Los Angeles Office Towers to Adopt Solar, Energy Efficient Lighting

The Metro Park Towers commercial office facility in Los Angeles, California is being converted to a cleaner energy source while becoming more energy efficient overall, one project at a time.

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San Diego Solar vs. LA Solar: Who's Winning?

Posted by Margaret Collins In Tuesday, April 13 2010 under: Solar Industry News, San Diego, Los Angeles, California Solar

Last year, San Diego was named California's top solar city by advocacy group Environment America, but Los Angeles has been making headlines left and right with some of the most daring solar plans in the country. So which city really deserves the title "Hottest California Solar Market"?

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eSolar's Award-Winning Plant Powers SoCal, Lures VC

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, March 10 2010 under: Solar Industry News, Solar Thermal, Los Angeles, California Solar

Last December, eSolar's Sierra SunTower solar power plant won Power Engineering Magazine's "Best Renewable and Sustainable Project" award for 2009. The distinguished award is one of four the magazine gives out each year to projects in one of the following categories: gas-fired, coal-fired, nuclear and renewable.

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California Solar Series: Los Angeles, Part Two

In this post, we’re reviewing the solar incentives offered by the municipal utilities of Vernon, Azusa, Pasadena, Glendale and Burbank. Check out Part One of our LA coverage for details of SCE and LADWP solar rebates and for a review of terms.

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California Solar Series: Los Angeles, Part One

A swath of land with enormous solar potential, it’s no wonder that Los Angeles County offers a wealth of opportunities to go solar. The California Solar Initiative (CSI) mandated four years ago that all investor-owned utilities in the state must offer a solar rebate, and in 2008 began requiring municipal utilities to do so as well. As a result, Los Angeles County residents have numerous solar rebates and incentives available, depending on electric utility. In the third installment of our California Solar Series, GetSolar guides you through them.

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California Solar Plant Could Reduce L.A. Dust

Posted by Margaret Collins In Tuesday, January 12 2010 under: large scale solar, Los Angeles, California Solar, Utility Solar

Not long after the turn of the 20th century, Los Angeles city planners thought it would be a great idea to divert the water from 100-square-mile Owens Lake into the city's aqueduct. They may have imagined how grateful their descendants would be for the water supply--but they probably didn't imagine the nasty side effect of dust storms that sweep the city, whipped up across the dry, uninhabited (and state owned) lake bed by Pacific winds. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has thus far spent over $500 million attempting to control this bane of Owens Valley residents' existence, to little avail.

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