Constellation wraps up small solar project at Port of Los Angeles

Constellation announced Feb. 25 the completion of a 1.2-MW (dc) solar project at the Port of Los Angeles.

The project is part of Los Angeles’s rooftop solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program. The nation’s largest of its kind, the program enables building owners to host solar projects on their rooftops and sell the power generated to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) for distribution on the city’s power grid.

“Feed-in Tariff programs like this one maximize the value of existing property by converting unused rooftops into commercial solar projects that feed the City’s grid,” said LADWP General Manager Marcie Edwards. “And what’s more, FiT projects create a financial incentive for developers to begin pursuing green energy solutions for their construction projects.”

The solar project required no upfront capital from the city. Constellation will own and operate the solar system and LADWP will purchase the electricity through a 20-year power purchase agreement. The system is located within the port on the roofs of two 1940s-era warehouses, one of which is home to CRAFTED, a large-scale permanent marketplace that supports more than 100 local artists, crafters and food makers.

“Constellation is pleased to help the City of Los Angeles expand its impressive FiT program and transform the city’s power supply,” said Gary Fromer, senior vice president, distributed energy for Constellation. “This solar project is a great example of how public-private collaboration can expand access to renewable energy and advance sustainability goals.”

Constellation owns and operates nearly 70 MW of solar installations in the state and recently joined the city to mark the start of construction of a separate 25-MW biogas-fueled cogeneration plant that will supply steam and electricity to power LA Sanitation’s Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant.

PermaCity, a Los Angeles-based commercial solar design and construction company, led the development of the project. “PermaCity is proud to have developed this project with Constellation on behalf of LADWP and CRAFTED,” said Jonathan Port, founder of PermaCity.

The solar system is made up of around 3,780 photovoltaic panels and is expected to generate about 2 million kilowatt-hours in its first year. 

Constellation is a leading competitive retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. Baltimore-based Constellation is a subsidiary of Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2015 revenues of approximately $29.4 billion, and more than 32,700 MW of owned capacity.

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