Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Program

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Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Program

The FiT program allows property owners and developers to sell the output of local eligible renewable energy projects directly to LADWP (as opposed to consuming the energy onsite to satisfy the customer’s load).

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Announcement

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Please reference the updated documents:

- FiT Program Guidelines
- Application Package
- Standard Offer Power Purchase Agreement (SOPPA)

FiT Applicants may be eligible to take advantage of federal funding through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Applicants should consult a tax consultant to determine IRA eligibility requirements, which may include enhancements for projects using prevailing wage labor and those in certain environmental justice communities. Applications received will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.

How the Program Works

LADWP will purchase energy, for a term not exceeding 20 years, from projects via a Standard Offer Power Purchase Agreement at a set price dependent on system size and location. This price includes all energy, capacity rights, and environmental attributes associated with the project.

This program generates local renewable capacity through a public-private partnership while helping LADWP achieve Renewable Portfolio Standard mandates.

Total = 235 MW
In-Service Active Available
107.2 MW 69.2 MW 58.6 MW
Updated as of 02/14/2024

FiT Pricing Table

Project Capacity

In-Basin Projects

Owens Valley Projects

Solar PV

Non-PV

Solar PV

30 kW - 500 kW 14.5¢ per kWh 11.5¢ per kWh 11.5¢ per kWh
> 500 kW - 3 MW 14.0¢ per kWh 11.0¢ per kWh Not Available
> 3 MW 13.5¢ per kWh 10.5¢ per kWh Not Available

On April 15, 2021, LADWP launched the Feed-in Tariff Plus (FiT+) Pilot Program. FiT+ is an expansion of the existing Feed-in Tarriff and promotes the development of paired solar plus energy storage projects. Click here for more information, on the program details and the application process.


Reports

FiT Program Dashboard

The FiT Program Dashboard summarizes the progress and performance of current projects in the program. Please check back regularly for updates.

FiT Annual Report

The FiT Annual Report summarizes the progress, performance, and milestones of the FiT program. The report provides details on individual FiT projects, such as project capacity, project generation, payments for generation, and more.

In-Service Project List

For a current list of in-service projects, please view the FiT Project List.

 

How to Apply

The Feed-in Tariff program requires completed hard copy application packages. Please download and print the FiT program application package. Complete the application package and mail it to our LADWP office. Access to the documents can be found below.

Program Guidelines

The FiT Guidelines provide background information and procedures for participation in LADWP’s FiT program. It is strongly recommended that all applicants familiarize themselves with the FiT guidelines before applying to the program. 
 

 


Application Package

The FiT program requires hard copy application packages. Please download and print the FiT program application package.

 

 Contract Documents

LADWP will purchase energy from Eligible Renewable Energy Resources under a long-term Standard Offer Power Purchase Agreement, up to twenty years in duration. Applicants must also submit an Interconnection Agreement along with Supplier Contract Data and Business Compliance Forms for contract execution.

 

 
Please mail the completed application package and documents to: 
LADWP Feed-in Tariff Program 
111 N. Hope St, Room L-43 
Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

    The purchase price of energy offered is dependent on Project Capacity and renewable energy technology as follows:

    FiT Pricing Table

    Project Capacity

    In-Basin Projects

    Owens Valley Projects

    Solar PV

    Non-PV

    Solar PV

    30 kW - 500 kW 14.5¢ per kWh 11.5¢ per kWh 11.5¢ per kWh
    > 500 kW - 3 MW 14.0¢ per kWh 11.0¢ per kWh Not Available
    > 3 MW 13.5¢ per kWh 10.5¢ per kWh Not Available

    You can visit our FiT webpage at www.ladwp.com/FiT where we update a summary of the available capacity on a monthly basis. To inquire about the latest availability of capacity in the program, please contact us through email at FiT@ladwp.com or call 213-367-2100.

    The program is open to applicants who meet the following qualifications:

    •  Application and supplementary forms must be completed as requested.
    • Appropriate fees and deposits are submitted.
    • Project development team includes at least one member that has developed one or more similar projects in either the LADWP or Southern California Edison territories.
    • Applicant is able to demonstrate site control over proposed site.
    • Proposed project is located within the LADWP service territory.

    LADWP offers a Stand-Alone Integration Study available for all developers that will inform developers of the following:

    • Voltage at the point of interconnection
    • Overhead or Underground service
    • Hosting capacity
    • Approximate distance of line extension to reach the project site
    • General vicinity of interconnection point

    More details can be found in the FiT Program Guidelines on page 13, Section 4.1. The fee for this study is $1,000 for projects up to and including 500 kW, $2,000 for projects above 500 kW and up to and including 3 MW, and $3,250 for projects above 3 MW.

    No. The new FiT program approved by the Water & Power Commissioners on 9/24/2019 and all details associated with it will only affect and apply to new applications after the new FiT Program launch date.
     

    Yes. However, you will need to resubmit complete applications (including applicable fees) and successfully secure the necessary capacity pending availability in the program. There is no guarantee you will receive your project’s capacity – all capacity under the FiT program is treated equally on a first-come, first-served basis. Please keep in mind that if an existing contract has been processed, then all fees, including the Developmental Security Deposit, will be forfeited if the existing project is cancelled.
     

    When you submit an application for a FiT project, you must include the application fee of $500, $1,000, or $1,500, the integration study fee of $750, $1,500, or $2,500, depending on project size, and the interconnection study fee of $1500. Once the interconnection study is complete you will be billed 10 percent of the interconnection cost. Prior to contract execution, you will need to pay a Development Security Deposit in the amount of $50/kW CEC-AC within 20 business days following notification of interconnection cost estimates. This deposit is held as performance security until certain milestones and operational dates are met, at which point it is refunded through written request.

    These costs are explained in more detail in the FiT Program Guidelines page 15, Section 4.4.
     

    For all projects you can either sign a contract for 20 years, or sign a contract for 10 years with the option to extend up to 10 more years in one-year increments.
     

    LADWP cannot make any guarantees on which applications will be chosen; applications will be awarded solely on a first-come, first-served basis. It is highly recommended you submit your application as soon as you can to the Vendor Liaison Center (VLC). Please ensure that your application is complete, as incomplete applications will not reserve capacity until made complete.


    The VLC address and more details about the application process are available in FiT Program Guidelines on page 14, Section 4.3.
     

    Yes. If you apply for FiT but the capacity is currently full, your project will be placed on a waitlist. Should more capacity become available it will be given to those on the waitlist in the order the applications were received. LADWP makes no guarantees if or when more capacity will become available once the existing capacity is fully allocated.
     

    Disclaimer: The links and documents provided on this page are to assist customers who may be interested in solar. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power does not endorse nor recommend any products, retailers, contractors, or developers.

    Important information on the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) requirement can be found at the links below, including copies of outreach meeting presentations:

     

    Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety 
    www.ladbs.org

    Los Angeles Department of City Planning 
    http://cityplanning.lacity.org/

    CEC Eligible Certified Modules & Inverters, Retailers & Installers 
    https://www.energy.ca.gov/programs-and-topics/programs/solar-equipment-lists

    CEC Renewable Energy Program Guidebook and Forms 
    energy.ca.gov/renewables/documents/

    Los Angeles County Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program 
    www.lapace.org

    Solar Zoning Ordinance Amendment #182110 
    http://cityclerk.lacity.org/lacityclerkconnect/index.cfm?fa=ccfi.viewrecord&cfnumber=11-1786 
    [LA City Clerk File: 11-1786]

    Los Angeles County Solar Map 
    solarmap.lacounty.gov/

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