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LA Expands Solar Street-Lighting Initiative

The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting has chosen the street-lighting system that will be used for the second phase of its ‘Solar to Grid’ project.

The project will expand the solar power generation network across all 15 districts.

The City will deploy Petra Systems’ SCS Smart Solar Power Generator, a solar energy network featuring a high-performance PV solar panel, a SunWave Inverter, and fully integrated racking and cabling. The generated energy will be sent back to the grid and purchased by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.

“As the Bureau of Street Lighting looked to extend the success of our LED retrofit program, we recognized the ability to offset our streetlight energy bill through pole mounted solar revenue generation,” said Ed Ebrahimian, director of the Bureau of Street Lighting for the City of Los Angeles. “This project is a strategic step for our Great Streets project. We are investing in solar power generation for LA’s citizens to improve safety, security, resilience and sustainability while at the same time offsetting the city’s power bill with the generation of clean energy.”

Los Angeles was an early adopter of LED streetlights and prides itself on being the US city with the most solar capacity installed. In addition to lowering energy and maintenance costs, the arrival of LEDs coincided with a more than 10% reduction in crimes like car theft, vandalism, and robberies.

“Los Angeles has long been at the forefront of smart city innovations,” said Steve Rhoades, chief executive officer of Petra Systems. “Our partnership with the Bureau of Street Lighting allows us to help them transform their street lights into distributed revenue generating assets, strengthening sustainability and further enhancing energy efficiency across their street light network.”


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This article was published on 27 Apr 2016 (last updated on 27 Apr 2016).

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