Bringing Solar Energy to Los Angeles: An Assessment of the Feasibility and Impacts on an In-Basin Solar Feed-in-Tariff Program

This report represents the second of two studies that have taken a close look at the rationale for, and viability of, an in-basin solar feed-in tariff (FiT) program for the city of Los Angeles. The first report, released in April 2010, focused on the general guidelines common to successful FiT policies, highlighting examples of programs across the country and around the world. This report delves more deeply into the specifics of Los Angeles. We evaluate the existing solar capacity of the region and determine how it can be harnessed in a cost-effective, sustainable manner. We also examine the expected job-creation and economic development benefits of a well-designed FiT program and take a close look at the economics that drive its success.