Los Angeles County has received a grant of more than $1.1 million from the California Public Utilities Commission to fund the installation of solar projects in multi-family affordable housing developments, officials said Wednesday.
The Los Angeles County Development Authority will use the grants for two public housing developments for seniors – with $475,000 for South Bay Gardens in southeast Los Angeles and $681,000 for Orchard Arms in Valencia – which are already suffering from major solar renovations.
“We are thrilled and grateful to receive this grant from SOMAH,” said LACDA Executive Director Emilio Salas. “It is encouraging to see our partners working together towards a clean energy future. We work diligently in Los Angeles County to “Build Better Lives and Better Neighborhoods,” and that includes building energy efficient and greener communities.
The grant-funded renovations are part of an effort by the authority to increase solar efficiency and reduce residents’ utility costs by 30 to 40 percent, according to LACDA.
Officials said the authority was securing funding through the Reliable, Fair and Accessible Charging for Multifamily Housing (REACH) program to install 30 electric vehicle charging stations in the Carmelitos, Harbor Hills and Quartz Hills public housing estates. . The county also worked with Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Electricity to install efficient lights and appliances.