Bulk Purchase Program Offers Cheap PV in L.A.

Open Neighborhoods and PermaCity, a Los Angeles-based solar panel installer, have embarked on a new campaign to install 1 megawatt (MW) of solar power on the rooftops of homes, businesses and multifamily housing in Los Angeles County. This volume of PV in the county will be capable of producing approximately 1.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually, preventing roughly 22,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

The Open Neighborhoods Community Solar program is a group purchasing program that allows property owners in Los Angeles County to buy solar panels at a prenegotiated, discounted price, starting at $4.40 per watt for systems as small as 2 kilowatts (kW), and $3.90 per watt for larger systems. The program is also offering discounted solar leases, modular AC plug-and-play rooftop PV systems, standalone PV carports for charging electric vehiclesand a Solar Challenge promising to donate up to $40,000 for school booster clubs, religious institutions and other nonprofit organizations to participate.


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Available to qualified homeowners, businesses and multifamily residences countywide, the program is the third group solar purchase organized by Open Neighborhoods. PermaCity was selected as the program’s installer following a competitive bidding process. “The level of interest in developing sustainable neighborhoods is growing rapidly, and we engage with these communities to help homeowners, non-profits and business owners make a sound decision on going solar,” said Open Neighborhoods Co-Founder John Ayers.

The Open Neighborhoods program coincides with the September relaunch of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) solar rebate program. According to Open Neighborhoods, program participants can end up paying less than one-quarter the cost of installation by taking advantage of solar group discounts and available incentives.

Lauren Craig is a writer and consultant living in Seattle, WA. She holds an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University, and is co-founder of Sustainable Systems Integrators, LLC., an employee-owned solar energy design and installation firm in New Orleans, LA. She is also certified in PV design and installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

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