LADWP - Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Program

February 19, 2015


Note: LADWP accepted applications for the fourth allocation of the 100 MW FiT Set Pricing Program in August 2014. This program is the first component of a 150 megawatt (MW) FiT Program, and is designed to support 100 MW. The full 100 MW of contracts will be offered in five allocations occurring every six months. A plan for the additional 50 MW program is still in development. See the web site above for more information.

LADWP is providing a Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program to support the development of renewable energy projects in its territory. All technologies eligible for compliance with the state's renewables portfolio standard are eligible for the FiT, though LADWP expects the majority of projects to be photovoltaic (PV) systems. Project must be registered as RPS-compliant with the California Energy Commission to be participate.

The full 100 MW of contracts awarded through this program will be offered in five allocations occurring every six months. For each allocation, 4 MW of capacity will be reserved for small projects between 30 kW and 150 kW. If the small projects reach their reserved capacity limit before the total reserved capacity is met for a Tier, the remaining small projects will qualify under the total reserved capacity allocation until that category is exhausted. During the first five business days of each application period, all submitted applications will be prioritized on the FiT Reservation List by lottery. Applications received after the first five business days will prioritized in the order they are received.

The amount LADWP will pay for each kilowatt-hour (kWh) produced will be a product of the Base Price of Energy (BPE) multiplied by the appropriate Time-of-Delivery (TOD) Multiplier. The BPE is scheduled to decline as each 20 MW allocation is subscribed. The TOD multiplier varies by time of day and time of year with the highest multiplier being available between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM during June through September. The full schedule for BPE prices and TOD multipliers can be seen in the tables below.

Base Price of Energy

Tier Level Total MW Capacity Reserved Small Project MW Capacity Reserved Pricing (per kWh)
1 0-20 0-4 $0.17
2 20-40 4-8 $0.16
3 40-60 8-12 $0.15
4 60-75 12-16 $0.14
5 75-100 16-20 $0.13


Time of Delivery Multiplier 

  High Peak Low Peak Base
Period M-F (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

M-F (10:00 am - 1:00 pm)

M-F (5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

M-F (8:00 pm - 10:00 am)

All day Saturday and Sunday

High Season (Jun - Sep)

2.25 multiplier 1.10 multiplier 0.50 multiplier
Low Season (Oct - May) 1.30 multiplier 0.90 multiplier 0.50 multiplier

Program participants must pay application fees, interconnection study fees, development security deposits, and interconnection fees. These fees and additional program requirements can be found at the web site above.


Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: California
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Web Site:
Start Date: 02/01/2013
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Landfill Gas
  • Tidal
  • Wave
  • Ocean Thermal
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Incentive Amount: $0.17/kWh adjusted by a time of delivery multiplier
Base price will step down over time as certain MW goals are met
Maximum Incentive: $0.3825/kWh
Terms: Up to 20 years
Eligible System Size: 30 kW - 3 MW DC
Equipment Requirements: Project must be registered as RPS-compliant with the California Energy Commission
Installation Requirements: Commercial operation must be no later than 18 months following the execution of the contract
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: LADWP


Name: Feed-in Tariff Program
Phone: (213) 367-2100

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.