Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Solar Power Producers Hesitate to Embrace New DWP Program

Storm clouds hovered over the San Fernando Valley, but businessman Jack Engel was smiling as he pointed to a row of solar inverters at one of two commercial warehouses he owns in Sun Valley. Power was being generated despite the weather, no problem.
Percy Vaz, chief executive of Amcal Multi-Housing Inc.,
seen on the roof one of his company's buildings in Panorama City,
says the DWP can be "unpredictable."

His problem, he said, has been the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

"I like the idea of solar, but unfortunately my experience is that the DWP doesn't support it," said Engel, who has run a small manufacturing firm on Pendleton Street for four decades. "The conversation is one thing, the reality is another."

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