PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

5/7/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 050721-1
Subject:
City Begins Construction of Solar Canopies at Public Parking Facilities
Contact:
Jennifer Carey
562.500.9177
Jennifer.Carey@longbeach.gov
Community Relations Officer
Department of Public Works




Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Department of Public Works has begun the construction of solar canopy installations on three designated public parking facilities in the Downtown area. This work marks the first of two phases for the City’s solar energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with PFMG Solar Long Beach, LLC for the construction and operation of ten solar arrays at various public facilities throughout Long Beach. All projects are estimated to be completed by spring 2022.  

"This project is a significant step towards meeting the City's 2030 sustainability goals and another example of the City's commitment to clean energy now and in the future," said Mayor Robert Garcia.

Phase one of the City’s solar energy PPA includes installation on the rooftops of public parking facilities City Place A (50 W. 6th St.), City Place B (50 E. 5th St.) and City Place C (50 E. 3rd St.) in the Downtown area. The solar energy system totals 415.2-kilowatts, capable of generating electricity equivalent to power 60 homes. The project will reduce the City's carbon footprint by an estimated 530 tons while the City’s utility partner, Southern California Edison, transitions to green technology to meet its goal of 80 percent renewable energy by 2030. The solar arrays will also provide covered parking for approximately 130 parking spaces, improving the experience for public parking customers. 

“Our City is dedicated to implementing innovative and sustainable energy options, and I am thrilled to see the installation of these structures beginning in the First District,” said Councilmember Mary Zendejas.

The project supports the City’s commitment to mitigation actions outlined in the Long Beach Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) for buildings and energy by furthering the goal of 100% renewable electricity usage for all municipal accounts by 2030. The CAAP, anticipated for adoption by the City Council in fall 2021, was developed to address climate impacts on the city, reduce the City’s impact on the climate by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and meet the City’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2045.

"Public Works remains dedicated to building sustainable infrastructure and furthering energy efficiency in Long Beach," said Public Works Director, Eric Lopez. "The installation is part of the largest solar installation effort by Public Works to date, with seven more locations in the permitting phase of construction." 

Phase two of this project is expected to begin later this year.  

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Public Works
The Long Beach Public Works Department strives to operate, preserve, and enhance the City's physical infrastructure and transportation systems, as well as preserve the upkeep of the cityscape with a robust refuse and recycling service that serves more than 120,000 residential and commercial customers. The Department provides a variety of community services including the repair, rehabilitation, and general upkeep of City streets, trees, sidewalks, and City structures. Public Works also provides emergency support services throughout the City. Visit us at longbeach.gov/pw/, "like" us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.