[JR: The story doesn't say, but I assume the solar from the Mojave would be solar baseload aka CSP.]
In Los Angeles on Monday, Mayor Villaraigosa’s office presented a ground-breaking plan to generate 1.3 GW of solar electricity by 2020. But this effort is just one of many initiatives that LA has taken as a leader in urban sustainability and green policies.
Under the mayor’s solar plan, the largest share of solar power, or 500 megawatts, would come from generating facilities built by private sector companies in the Mojave Desert. Another 380 megawatts would be achieved through smaller programs, including one that would help low-income residents add solar panels to their homes and another that would allow DWP customers to purchase shares of city-owned solar plants.
Both proposals establish goals for 2020, seven years after Villaraigosa’s second and final term as mayor, and must be approved by the five-member DWP commission.
A third component of the solar plan is already heading to voters in the March 3 mayoral election. That measure would allow the DWP to install and own 400 megawatts of rooftop solar panels by 2014.
This massive solar proposal is nested in a larger commitment to reduce Los Angeles’ greenhouse gas emissions by 35% below 1990 levels by 2030. The mayor’s strategy – GREEN LA – is among the first of its kind in how comprehensive it is and because of the size and diversity of activities in LA.
In other words, LA faces infamous transportation challenges due to the extent of suburban sprawl, to the point that the city is blanketed with smog. It also the location of a major (and international) airport, and home to one of the country’s most significant ports. In addition to encouraging conservation, efficiency, renewables, and smart planning, the GREEN LA plan attempts to integrate sustainability into each of these economic hubs.
Just as California has been a beacon of progressive energy and global warming policy for the nation, so too should Los Angeles for cities across the country.
– Kari M.
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