Los Angeles regulators on Tuesday approved a "historically low cost" solar + storage project, which includes 400 MW of solar generation and a 300 MW / 1,200 MWh battery.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commission says its approval of the power purchase agreements for the Eland Solar and Storage Center, will help the city reach 100% renewable power by 2045. City officials say the Eland project was selected from a pool of 130 proposals due to its scale and price, which includes a fixed cost of less than $0.02/kWh.
The project will be developed in two phases by 8Minutenergy, and is expected online by the end of 2023. According to the city, it will be the largest similar project in the United States.
Los Angeles utility regulators have signed off on two PPAs they say will cost consumers less than $5 annually — a sign of how far solar prices have fallen.
"The Eland project is historically low cost," Evan Gillespie, western director for Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, said in a statement. "This is what a Green New Deal looks like in practice," he added, pointing to added job creation and lower carbon emissions.