April 12, 2012
Dear LABC Members and Friends--

Today Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the solar ordinance that was passed by the LA City Council last week. The Los Angeles Business Council and its partners have worked hard to help realize Mayor Villaraigosa’s vision for a robust rooftop solar program in Los Angeles. Today we mark the start of this program that will spur new private sector investment, create meaningful jobs for a well trained workforce, and generate local clean energy.
The signing ceremony was at City Hall and the ordinance gives the LA DWP authority to begin the CLEAN LA Solar program, also known as a feed-in tariff. Mayor Villaraigosa emphasized that this initial program will be ramped up to 150 MW by 2016 and that “it's time we start using one of Los Angeles' most abundant resources---sunshine. This ordinance will allow Los Angeles to become the largest city in the nation to implement a feed-in tariff system.

  1. From left: DWP GM Ron Nichols; Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Evan Gillespie, Sierra Club; Mary Leslie, LABC President; City Councimember Eric Garcetti. 
  2. CLEAN LA Solar Coalition and partners join Mayor in signing the solar ordinance.
  3. LABC Chairman Jacob Lipa and LABC Institute Chairman Brad Cox with the CLEAN LA Solar Coalition, supporters and the Mayor.
DWP General Manager Ron Nichols said, “clearly, solar is our best option for increasing local renewable energy, while meeting state renewable energy mandates, and channeling economic benefits and job creation to the citizens of Los Angeles. If approved by our Board, the FiT Demonstration Program will start us on that path while testing and fine-tuning the program’s structure and elements before launching a full-scale program later this year.”
Join us at our 6th Annual Sustainability Summit at the Getty Center April 27 to learn more about this program and new energy efficiency programs for business and community organizations.

Mary Leslie, LABC President
CLEAN LA Coalition
American Institute of Architects- LA

American Lung

Beverly Hills/Greater LA Association of

Building Owners and Managers Association

California Apartment Association-LA

California Environmental Justice Alliance
California Interfaith Power & Light

Center for Sustainable Energy

CLEAN Coalition

Clean Economy Network
CleanTech LA

Communities for a Better Environment

Environmental Health Coalition

Enterprise Community Partners

Faith 2 Green

Global Green USA

Greater LA African American Chamber of Commerce

Latin Business Association

LA Area Chamber of Commerce

LA Housing Partnership

LA Family Housing

LA Conservation Corps

San Fernando Valley Green Team

Sierra Club

Silver Lake Neighborhood Council

Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters


Union Roofing Contractors Assn.

US Green Building

Vote Solar

Wilshire Center Business Improvement District
CLEAN LA Contacts
Legislative Queries
Michelle Garakian
Vice President, LABC
Adam Jacobson
Director of Communications, LABC
CLEAN LA Coordination
Princess Thomas

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