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LADWP FiT 3rd Tranche - Finally!

03/05/14

  05:44:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 272 words  
Categories: LADWP, Feed-in Tariff

LADWP FiT 3rd Tranche - Finally!

Having aimed for Valentine’s Day and missed, those Cupid’s helpers over at LADWP have transmogrified themselves into lucky Leprechauns as they reset their sights onto everyone’s favorite feast day, Saint Patrick’s Day (aka, March 17 for the uninitiated).

Somewhat less tongue-in-cheek, DWP has announced that the third 20 MW tranche of solar project allocations under LA’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) will open for applications on Monday, March 17.  Under their guidelines, all applications received by Friday, March 21 will be assigned a sequence number and then a lottery will be held to allocate the 20 MW among the applicants.  LADWP has some updated materials on their FiT website (access it here), but no key to what changes have been made (the proposed changes were very modest) and a promised Frequently Asked Questions section is still to come.

This third tranche has been delayed for weeks while DWP staff prepared their changes. 

LADWP FiT program statusGiven the somewhat dismal rate of project advancement, one would hope that the changes would help streamline the process, but that doesn’t really seem to be the case.

During the February 18 Board meeting to discuss changes to the program, Staff’s suggestion on how to move things along was to impose a 10-business day deadline to cure deficiencies in FiT application paperwork.  Of course, that is the same amount of time that LADWP gives contractors to cure deficiencies in residential solar rebate applications—even though LADWP has taken five times as long to identify those “deficiencies."  Given the far greater complexity with the FiT paperwork requirements, we can only hope that LADWP’s review of that paperwork is more insightful and the subsequent interactions more collaborative.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

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