LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles utilities officials will now pay building owners who install solar panels on their properties for feeding power into the city's grid.
In a release Wednesday, the city's Department of Water and Power said the program is expected to generate 150 megawatts of clean, renewable solar energy.
That much power could provide electricity to over 43,000 typical homes and would also reduce 147 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
Utility chief Ronald O. Nichols says the program is a step toward transforming the city's power supply to meet the state mandate of having 1/3 of the city using renewable energy by 2020.
The program is expected to also generate 4,500 jobs in construction, installation and administration.