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The city of Los Angeles equipped a Boyle Heights rooftop, Wednesday with solar panels to generate renewable energy. The Angelus Grand commercial plaza will now bring 300 kilowatts of energy to the Department of Water and Power.

The installation comes as part of a DWP project, the CLEAN LA Solar program, an initiative to increase the amount of renewable energy produced in the city while using underutilized rooftops.

USC and UCLA researchers call it a “solar equity hotspot,” a place where solar energy production could greatly impact a low income community, according to a CLEAN LA Solar press release. According to the press release, the LA projects have created 2,000 new jobs and 40 percent of these installations have been in low income areas.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti plans to generate 1,500 megawatts (MW) of solar energy by 2025. Since its launch in 2013, 11.25MW have been made.

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Kyle Garcia

Kyle García is a former web editor with Boyle Heights Beat.

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