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Los Angeles Forever 21 Flips Switch on PermaCity Solar’s SunPower System

Fashion retailer Forever 21 and PermaCity Solar powered on its massive 5.1-megawatt (DC) high efficiency SunPower solar power system, capping the construction project that employed local workers, Solar Power World reported.

Forever 21’s headquarters in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles now has the largest single-rooftop solar power system in the county and the third largest in the state.

This new system names Forever 21 as the latest business to activate a system supported by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Program. According to Solar Power World, it is the first project at a single location to operate both of LADWP’s local solar programs (the FiT 100 Set Pricing Program), and the Solar Incentive Program.

Don Chang, founder and CEO of Forever 21, explained, “We are thrilled to be a leader in the adoption of clean energy and proud to say that we have built the largest solar rooftop in Los Angeles. As an L.A. based company, we wanted to contribute to the city’s goal of increasing clean renewable energy and becoming a more green economy.”

PermaCity premiered its SolarStrap racking product on Forever 21’s roof with its lack of penetrations to avoid roof leaks and absence of stress on the building’s structural integrity. PermaCity employed the help of West Hills Construction using SunPower solar panels, Solar Power World explained.

Marci Edwards, LADWP general manager, said, “We applaud Forever 21 for building the largest solar rooftop system in the city. It’s a great example of how a business can use both of LADWP’s customer-focused, local solar programs to generate solar power for their own use as well as to benefit the entire city with clean renewable energy.”

The completed system is set to generate enough energy to power approximately 1,450 homes in Lincoln Heights. Solar Power World reported the estimates, explaining that the newly installed system will avoid the annual production of a near 13 billion pounds of carbon dioxide.