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New Solar Rooftop Project Provides Energy For Over 5,000 Homes In Los Angeles

By Brian Spaen

One of the largest solar rooftop projects in the world is complete at San Pedro, California, located 24 miles south of Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the completion of the Westmont Solar Energy Project on Monday, making it the biggest renewable resource for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). 

The entire network consists of two million square feet, or slightly over 45 acres, of solar panels on top of multiple rooftops. Its capacity of 16.4 megawatts is part of the Feed-in Tariff Program, which will help reach a state mandated goal of sourcing one-third of their energy generation from sustainable sources. It will be able to produce over 28 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year, and that could power around 5,000 homes in the area.

Development of the site was done by PermaCity Solar and was completed through many partnerships. One of the most notable partners was EmPower America, who trained 50 veterans to help with this project. Skills ranged from piecing together the wiring to managing the workers on-site.