In Los Angeles, Solar Power Too Popular for its Own Good

Solar power subsidies in LA are so popular that the city will have to cut their funding.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles's solar power subsidy program is a "victim of its own success." While the city's Department of Water and Power allocated $30 million in rebates for anyone willing to install solar panels, the city received a whopping $70 million worth of applications.

While this is exciting news–indicating that Angelenos are willing to switch to solar when there's the proper incentive–the outcome is somewhat negative. Rather than cough up more funding, the city is likely to shrink the subsidies. The DWP already voted on that decision, and it's now under review by the city council. If approved, the new-and-unimproved program will take effect January 1.

According to the Times, "The DWP's efforts have drawn an outcry from solar panel installers, who have repeatedly shown up at the agency's board meetings to protest the change. They contend that the change will devastate the region's nascent solar industry."

While there's probably not much that can be done at this point, if you live in Los Angeles, there's no harm in getting in touch with your City Council representative. Click here to find his or her contact info.

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