The City has taken steps towards reducing its impact on the climate by implementing various energy efficiency measures, such as replacing several existing traffic signals with LED lighting, replacing existing vehicles with low-emission vehicles where feasible, adopting a Sustainable Building Ordinance, Green Code Amendments for Zoning and Public Rights-of-Way, a Green Purchasing Plan, a municipal Climate Action Plan, and conducted a Level III energy audit to identify how best to make our buildings and facilities more energy efficient. These actions show the community that the City can be a leader in energy efficiency and emissions reductions. While these actions have had an impact on the City’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in order to reduce our carbon footprint to the level needed to meet the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection goal the City will need to enact several greenhouse gas reduction measures.
Get Energy Efficient
"Going solar" is a great way to reduce an energy bill and carbon footprint, but before installing a large solar panel array, take some steps to make your property more energy efficient first. Several resources are available to assist in going solar. Southern California Edison (SCE) offers a free Energy Efficiency Survey (PDF).
Once ready to install solar, take advantage of financial incentives for installing eligible photovoltaic systems through SCE's partnership in the California Solar Initiative. In addition, federal tax credits are available for solar energy systems. Refer to the Energy Star program for more information on federal tax credits.
You can begin your solar process by getting an estimate on your proposed project from solar installers operating in the area. Visit the Go Solar Database to find contact information for solar installers, contractors, and retailers that have registered with the California Solar Initiative program.
Commercial properties can visit the LA County PACE website for details financing offers from Los Angeles County.
For more information and energy incentives check out the South Bay Council of Government's website.
Please direct questions to the City's Environmental Sustainability Division at (310) 802-5508.