USD$15.3 million 5 MW solar array to be installed in Los Angeles

Before it can proceed however, the project is subject to funding allocation.

If all goes to plan, the USD$15.3 million Van Norman Bypass Reservoir Solar Project will, according to LADWP, become the city’s largest solar array. It is set to be located on a 575,000-square-foot rigid roof that covers a potable water reservoir in the Granada Hills area.

Construction should take around six months, and is expected to start late next year.

“This is an exciting step as we launch our initiative to expand development of local solar on city-owned property,” said Lee Kanon Alpert, president of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, which approved the initial environment documents required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) on November 2.

LADWP general manager Austin Beutner added: “This project will foster the city’s green economy and help create green jobs. It also demonstrates our strategy of developing renewable energy in a thoughtful and cost-effective way by leveraging existing assets, including one of our own reservoirs.”