Tuesday, June 27, 2017

World's most powerful rooftop solar project completed in California

A just-completed rooftop solar project will power nearly 5,000 homes in southern California, making it the most powerful of its kind in the world, officials said Monday.

"We are putting sustainability at the center of everything we do in Los Angeles -- and that means investing boldly to expand the use of local solar and renewable energy," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

The 16.4 Megawatt (DC) Westmont Solar Energy Project in San Pedro, about 40 km south of Los Angeles, will produce more than 28 million kilowatt-hours of electricity every year.

The project advances many of the goals outlined in the LA mayor's sustainable city plan, including the expansion of renewable energy use.

According to the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, the city is facing a "new normal" of challenges to the environment, economy and equity, and the plan is a roadmap for Los Angeles to be environmentally healthy, economically prosperous, and equitable in opportunity for all -- now and over the next 20 years.

"While Washington buries its head in the sand, we are carrying the fight against climate change forward in our city, and the Westmont Solar Energy Project is strong evidence of our commitment to a sustainable future," the mayor said.

The Westmont project's 50,000 solar panels cover 50 acres of roof space, ranking second in size only to the solar project at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, though officials said it would surpass Apple in total power generation.

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