12/29/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Los Angeles Proposes Major Solar Initiative

In Los Angeles on Monday, Mayor Villaraigosa's office presented a ground-breaking plan to generate 1.3 GW of solar electricity by 2020. But this effort is just one of many initiatives that LA has taken as a leader in urban sustainability and green policies.

The LA Times reports the specifics of the solar plan that Mayor Villaraigosa's office is hoping to put into action in coming months:

Under the mayor's solar plan, the largest share of solar power, or 500 megawatts, would come from generating facilities built by private sector companies in the Mojave Desert. Another 380 megawatts would be achieved through smaller programs, including one that would help low-income residents add solar panels to their homes and another that would allow DWP customers to purchase shares of city-owned solar plants.

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