Could smog in L.A. be a thing of the past? Government officials and industry leaders certainly hope so. In order to reach its renewable energy target of 35% by 2020 (35% of all electricity from renewable resources), Los Angeles is looking for ways to rely more heavily on solar power.
A new solar power plant in Los Angeles will power 85,000 homes. The City’s Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is joining forces with SolarWorld – a solar panel manufacturer – to build a 11.6 megawatt (MW) utility scale solar power station that will divert 290,000 tons of CO2 over the next quarter century.
The partnership between the LADWP and SolarWorld will work as follows: SolarWorld will supply the PV solar panels (more than 46,000 of them) and solar inverters for the Adelanto facility. The district will construct and operate the station, selling the clean electricity generated by the solar panels to its customers in regions of Los Angeles.