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Three Key Features Of Los Angeles’ New Local Solar Program

•, John Farrell
 In absolute size, the program will be among the largest CLEAN programs in the US, but compared to the size of the population it serves, the new LA program ranks behind national leaders like Gainesville, FL, or Vermont (the city’s peak demand tops 6,000 MW). Even so, the Los Angeles program is a good example of a community increasing the capture of local energy dollars with local energy generation.

The official announcement of the Los Angeles program puts the total energy capacity for U.S. CLEAN programs over 1.3 gigawatts. The following table, updated from our 2012 report on CLEAN Programs, shows Los Angeles in the context of other state and local programs. Prices are normalized for the local solar resource and program contract length. Interestingly, the adjusted German price for residential PV (down 3 cents since the 2012 edition) is still better than most US programs, reflecting their ongoing cost advantage.

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