Southern California's sunny weather already attracts meetings and events from all over the country. Now, it also will supply electricity for many of them, according to the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), which this month unveiled a new, 2.21-megawatt solar array on the roof of the venue's South Hall. The addition -- which encompasses 6,228 solar panels -- brings LACC's total solar capacity to 2.58 megawatts, making its solar installation the largest on any municipally owned convention center in the United States.
"I am proud to celebrate the completion of the convention center's solar project," said Jon Vein, chair of the City of Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development Commission. "This project has set a precedent for other facilities to follow and is key to keeping Los Angeles the No. 1 solar city in America."
LACC's new array is projected to generate 3.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which equates to 17 percent of its annual energy usage -- enough electricity to power 565 homes in Los Angeles.
In addition, the installation will reduce LACC's carbon footprint by 2,554 metric tons per year, which is equivalent to planting 66,192 trees or preventing 2.8 million pounds of coal from being burned.
"This solar project was first proposed in 2014," said Doane Liu, executive director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development. "It is exciting to see it come to fruition and experience the impact it will make in the building and Los Angeles."