On November 2, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) announced it would make cuts to solar rebates available through its solar incentive program. Now, it seems, homeowners, businesses and industry participants are pushing back, saying that the proposed cuts would hamper growth in solar power projects just at the time when L.A.'s residential solar market was started to take off.
Los Angeles homeowners: your solar rebates may be on the chopping block.
The beginning of 2010 saw a promising plan for Owens Lake, the dry expanse in the eastern Sierra Nevada in Inyo County, California, an area that has been plagued by dust storms since the early 20th century.
In California, San Diego and San Jose lead the way in the Golden State's push toward making solar a prevalent source of power throughout the state. But at a smaller scale, there's plenty of variation (and competition) among California municipalities.
Last week, Los Angeles Air Force Base became home to the largest solar shadeport in the area. Designed and built by Solar Electrical Systems (SES), a California solar installer, the 360-kilowatt (kW) solar installation is not only expected to shave some $70,000 off the base's annual electricity costs while generating clean, renewable power. It will also bring with it a highly coveted commodity: a cool car seat in the middle of the scorching southern California summer.