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Villaraigosa Approves Effort to Increase Solar Power

Villaraigosa approved two solar purchase agreements on Thursday that will cost $2.5 billion.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is making a push toward renewable energy. Villaraigosa approved two green energy agreements that cost around $2.4 billion on Thursday, with the hopes of increasing the amount of solar power running the city.

"These solar contracts are proof positive that environmental progress and economic growth go hand-in-hand,'' Villaraigosa said. "It is high time Los Angeles kicked its addiction to dirty coal energy and I am proud we are setting an example for a successful, cost-efficient transition to renewable energy.''

This is just a part of Los Angeles' larger plan to become a greener city. However, it will cost residental customers around $1.40 per month according to the Department of Water and Power.

These won't be the only rate hikes that residents will face. The DWP says prices will continue to grow in order to reach Los Angeles' environmental goals. These include replacing 70 percent of the city's power supply, eliminating coal as a source of electricity in the next 10 years and ending the use of ocean water to cool coastal power plants.

The City Council has already approved rate hikes for two years, coming out to about $3.65 more per month for residential customers and $15 for small, commercial customers.

The two projects--the K Road Moapa Solar project and the Copper Mountain Solar 3 project--are expected to collectively power about 193,000 Los Angeles homes.


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