Los Angeles is ready for solar energy. This week, the city’s Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commission unanimously voted to approve plans for the Eland Solar and Storage Center, a 2,650-acre facility in Kern County that can store enough energy to power 283,330 L.A. homes.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released a statement after the vote, “The Eland Solar and Storage Center will help us keep the lights on without the help of dirty fossil fuels — even when the sun isn’t shining — and power our progress toward a low-carbon, green-energy future,” Garcetti said.
Cost per kWh Will Be “Lowest Price Offered in U.S. History”
The future of this project first requires an affirmative vote from the Los Angeles City Council. Assuming they approve the Eland project, the mayor’s office says the project will take place in two phases.
The office did note that one of the reasons why the DWP picked the Eland project is because of its low cost per kilowatt-hour.
“The Eland proposal, which will be built in two phases, was selected out of a pool of 130 proposals because of the project’s scope and competitive price, which includes a fixed cost of less than 2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for solar power, the lowest price offered in U.S. history,” The mayor’s office noted.
The facility will be able to generate 400 megawatts of power and store 1,200 mWh. It will increase the city’s renewable usage from 31% of the overall energy consumption up to 38.1%.
“That would enable the City to prevent up to 727,360 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from a conventional fossil fuel power plant — the equivalent of taking 148,700 cars off the road for a year,” the statement from the mayor’s office said.
The project is slated to begin commercial operation by the last day of 2023. It should cost DWP’s customers less than $5 per year.
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