Long Beach kicks off solar canopy installation on public parking structures in Downtown

Solar canopy installations on three designated public parking facilities in the Downtown area are now being built, marking the first of two phases of a solar project series throughout Long Beach, the public works department announced May 7.

This project’s first phase is part of the city’s solar energy Power Purchase Agreement with PFMG Solar Long Beach, LLC, a renewable energy company, for the construction and operation of 10 solar arrays at various public facilities across Long Beach—all of which are estimated to be completed by spring 2022, officials said.

Phase one of the city’s solar energy PPA includes installations on the rooftops of public parking facilities at City Place A (50 W. Sixth St.), City Place B (50 E. Fifth St.) and City Place C (50 E. Third St.), officials said.

The solar energy system totals 415.2 kilowatts, capable of generating electricity equivalent to power 60 homes. Officials say the project will reduce the city’s carbon footprint by an estimated 530 tons while the city’s utility partner, Southern California Edison, transitions to green technology to meet its goal of 80% renewable energy by 2030. The solar arrays will also provide covered parking for approximately 130 parking spaces, officials said.

“The installation is part of the largest solar installation effort by Public Works to date, with seven more locations in the permitting phase of construction,” Public Works Director Eric Lopez said in a statement.

Phase two of this project is expected to begin later this year, officials said.

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