LADWP solar incentive apps increase 400%

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The results are in from a Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) implementation of a program management solution supplied by Black & Veatch and Clean Power Research.

Since employing the program, LADWP has more than doubled the electric generation capacity from its Solar Incentive Program.

"Since 2009, LADWP has seen a 400 percent increase in solar incentive program applications," said Kurt Westermann, senior vice president in Black & Veatch's Global Energy Business.

Over the past year, the solution has enabled LADWP to reduce application review time by approximately 65 percent and double their rate of payments."

Solar incentive programs are increasing in popularity among utilities nationwide; however, growing demand for rooftop solar magnifies key challenges. To manage the growing demand for rooftop solar, a program management solution helps efficiently process applications, verify the use of pre-approved equipment, and confirm that system inspections have been performed. The entire process helps utilities efficiently manage the growing demand for connecting new solar systems safely and reliably.

LADWP maintains the largest municipal solar incentive program in the United States. Since its inception in 1999, LADWP has supported construction of more than 5,500 solar power systems that total 52 MW.  During the 2011-2012 fiscal year, LADWP provided incentives for approximately 1,900 solar projects totaling 21.8 MW of generation, up from 8.8 MW previous fiscal year.

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