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Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez “activated the switch” to start the largest solar rooftop interconnection in Sun Valley, resulting in a carbon footprint reduction of 4.3 million pounds or the equivalent of converting about a thousand households to carbon-free energy.

This facility represents the most recent building to benefit from the CLEAN LA Solar program, also known as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Feed-in Tariff program (FiT), which allows the owners of businesses in Los Angeles to take advantage of thousands of acres of underutilized roof space by generating energy through solar panels, and selling it to LADWP at a competitive fixed rate. The result is zero carbon, renewable energy that also supports jobs in the area and drives private investment.

“This interconnection represents what can be a green energy economy and a Green New Deal,” Martinez said during the event. “The Feed-in Tariff program brings that spirit to Sun Valley, strengthening the local economy, creating new, well-paid local jobs and improving the quality of life for the residents of the area.”

Members of Pacoima Beautiful and L.A. Conservation Corps community groups also attended the opening.

The 2.6 megawatt Sun Valley project was developed and installed by PermaCity Construction Corp with PermaCitySkyBridge and Stronghold Engineering, Inc., acting as subcontractors. The construction of the project generated 40 new local jobs, many of which were awarded to veterans and included training in solar installation procedures.

“Several years ago we began to investigate ways to install solar energy into several buildings in our development system with PermaCity,” said Randy Kendrick, founder and CEO of Xebec, the builder and owner of the building. “Today, we are proud to provide the foundation and basis for one of the largest solar facilities in Los Angeles County, and we are already planning to incorporate two more projects into the FiT program.”