Providing Solar Generated Power for LAPD
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 17, 2017 at 12:34 PM
Last week, I submitted a motion requesting that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Department of Water and Power (DWP) be instructed to report on the feasibility of installing solar shade structures over parking lots at LAPD facilities.
Solar panels make use of renewable energy and offer an environmentally friendly means of generating electrical power. As the use of solar energy has expanded, solar carports, also known as solar shade structures, have gained popularity.
Currently, California is the largest market for solar carport installation. Across California, municipalities have begun utilizing solar carports on city owned properties. Similarly, school districts have begun utilizing solar shade structures at their parking lots. In Los Angeles, solar carports have been installed in the parking lot of the DWP headquarters and the process will begin in other locations in Los Angeles, providing shade for staff and municipal fleet vehicles, while also generating power.
It would be beneficial for the City to explore the installation of solar carports at other City facilities, including LAPD facilities. Installation of solar carports in parking lots at LAPD facilities would generate numerous benefits including providing power for police stations, shade and protection for the police fleet, and a reduction in the heat island effect.