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NEWS: LA Mayor unveils ambitious solar plan

Villaraigosa unveils solar plan for Los Angeles

The mayor's proposal aims to have solar power meet one-tenth of L.A.'s energy needs by 2020. But skeptics wonder if the plan will be cost-efficient and friendly to private enterprise.

By David Zahniser and Phil Willon

November 25, 2008

 Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled an ambitious long-range plan Monday for securing enough solar power to meet one-tenth of the city's energy needs by 2020, a move aimed at making L.A. a hub of the solar-energy industry.

Appearing at a South Los Angeles manufacturing plant where solar panels are made, Villaraigosa said the initiative will help the Department of Water and Power wean itself off of fossil fuels -- natural gas and coal -- as part of the effort to address global warming.  more...

 Opinion article by Tim Rutten on LA's solar plan  11/26/08

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