FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--November 6, 2019
Contact: Jasmin Vargas, 323-807-3234, [email protected]
Los Angeles--Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved the Eland Project to build the cheapest combined solar power-battery storage venture in the United States. The development will be constructed partially using union labor and will add 400 megawatts of solar energy to the L.A. grid along with 300 megawatts of battery storage to provide the City of L.A. with solar energy even while the sun is not shining. Supporters say the project is a model for a just and fair transition off fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.
In response to this historic vote Food & Water Action Senior Organizer Jasmin Vargas had this statement:
“Los Angeles is leading the nation with the approval of the largest combined battery storage and solar project ever built, which is a win for LADWP customers and the climate. The Eland Project points to what is possible— cheap solar energy that can power Los Angeles at night! More importantly, this project is a model for a just and fair transition off fossil fuels to L.A.’s clean energy future. More solar energy means less pollution, while creating new union jobs, something workers and environmental justice communities fought for together.”
“We look forward to working with Mayor Garcetti on a transition to 100 percent clean energy that creates a just transition for workers and communities by 2030, a timeline in line with the climate science.”
The Eland Solar and Battery Project is one of many projects approved by LADWP to rapidly build battery storage capacity in the response to the 2015 Aliso Canyon gas blowout and meet Renewable Portfolio Standards that commit L.A. to cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with the UN Paris Agreement. The Aliso Canyon gas disaster prompted Los Angeles to study how to transition off fossil fuels, culminating in the recent decision by Mayor Eric Garcetti to nix rebuilding three coastal gas plants, marking what he called “the beginning of the end of natural gas.” As Los Angeles moves forward, Food & Water Action works to ensure that these projects have Project Labor Agreements that create good clean energy jobs for LA Department of Water and Power and support healthy communities burdened by pollution from in-basin gas plants and on the frontline of the climate crisis.
Food & Water Action is the political advocacy arm of the research and education organization Food & Water Watch. We mobilize people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water and climate problems of our time.