The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners yesterday OK’dtentative plans for a large solar energy installation on city-ownedproperty surrounding Palmdale Regional Airport.
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) said that, under the plan, 7,500 to 10,000 acres would be leased to renewable energy project developers.The airport operator added that the city owns some 17,500 vacant acresaround the Palmdale site. According to KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, a report issued by 2009 LAWAnoted the uptick in demand for southern California solar installations:
“There is significant demand for property to supportrenewable energy projects in Southern California,” the report says.“This demand is a result of several factors: the region’s desirablesolar index; the state’s energy needs; state and federal taxcredits/incentives; and the federal government’s recent stimuluspackage, which includes incentives and financing opportunities forrenewable energy developments.”
As a result of yesterday’s decision, LAWA is now authorized tosolicit firms capable of developing large-scale solar projects. After a number capable firms have been identified, the commission would thenmove on to an RFP process and, eventually, issue a final decision onlease and contract terms. If all goes smoothly, construction on the $3billion solar energy plant could, according to Daily Breeze, begin as soon as 2012.