Where are opportunities to install community solar?

Find eligible sites for community solar in your city with the map tool below.

Eligible sites are publicly owned or community oriented institutional facilities with existing buildings and parking lots. Panels on the right side of the map help filter and narrow locations based on criteria important to your solar installation site. LADWP service territory is grayed out because key data inputs about grid distribution circuit capacities were unavailable.

Please note that 100% screen resolution is most ideal for using the map.

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Get Started:

  1. There are two ways to focus the map on your city of interest. Use the search bar, located in the bottom left corner of the map. Type in your city and hit "Enter." This will zoom you into the city of interest and add a red pin.You can also zoom into a city with using the "+/-" zoom tools next to the search bar.
  2. After zooming to your city, open the City filter. Click "Search in 87 Categories." Type your city in the search bar.
  3. Once it appears in the list, it will be greyed out, click the check box to the left to select. Click Apply in the upper-left corner of the filter.

Now, only eligible sites within your city are shown on the map. Other filters will reflect this change. You can now see the distribution of other available datasets for sites located only in your city. Because filters are added cumulatively, making a selection in an additional filter will further refine the selected sites.

To undo your selection, click “Unlock” in the filter.

  1. Scroll to and open the "CPA Territory" filter.
  2. Eligible sites are divided into two categories: true where the site is located within CPA territory, and false where it is outside CPA territory.
  3. Click "true." Now, only eligible sites within CPA territory are shown on the map. Using additional filters will further refine your selected sites.

To undo this step, click "All" within the CPA Territory filter.

The capacity of the local distribution circuits to accommodate new solar PV systems is an important siting consideration. The grid circuit capcity refers to the 15% Penetration capacity which tells you the upper limit (MW) of the system size that could be interconnected to a given circuit without the need for a detailed study or infrastructure capacity upgrades.

The actual size of an installed system could potentially exceed this capacity threshold. However, it is likely that the developer would need to work with the utility to understand the potential impacts as well as, potentially, pay a fee to support required distribution system capacity upgrades.

The grid capacity filter can be used to understand which sites are located in areas where local distribution circuit capacities are limited and thus, grid interconnections may be more difficult/expensive.

  1. Open the Grid Circuit Capacity filer
  2. Click on the histogram and two range bars appear. Drag the bars to capture the range of circuit capacities you are interestd in.
  3. Only sites that are within your preferred size are shown on the map. Other filters can be applied to additionally narrow your site selection.
  1. Scroll to and open the Combined Solar Potential (MW) filter.
  2. A histogram shows the distribution of combined solar potential (MW) in each eligible site shown on the map. Combined solar potential represents the combination of rooftop and parking lot solar potential (MW).
  3. Click on the histogram and two range bars appear. Drag the bars to capture the highest range of values or the values you are most interested in.
  4. Now, only eligible sites with a combined solar potential within the range you have set in the histogram are available. Using additional filters will further refine your selected sites.

To undo this step, click "Clear" within the Combined Solar Potential filter. To see a histogram of just your selected values, click "Zoom."

  1. Go to the legend on the left side of the map. Click the check box next to "DAC Census Tracts." This layer is provided as an overview of the DAC Census Tracts in Los Angeles County.
  2. Scroll to and open the "CalEnviroscreen 3.0 Scores" filter. This histogram filters eligible sites based on the CalEnviroscreen score of the census tract it is located within.
  3. Click the histogram and two range bars appear. Drag the bars to capture the eligible sites with a CalEnviroscreen score between 75 and 100. The eligible sites now overlap with the DAC Census Tract layer available in the legend.
  4. Turn off the "DAC Census Tracts" layer. Click the rain drop above the histogram to apply the color style. Now only eligible sites located in a census tract with a CalEnviroscreen score between 75 and 100 are available and colored gradiently by score. Using additional filters will further refine your selected sites.

To undo this step, click "Clear" within the CalEnviroscreen 3.0 Scores filter. Click the raindrop to undo the color style.

  1. Scroll down to the "Local Population Offset" filter and open it.
  2. A histogram shows the distribution of a low estimate of population where total electricity usage could be offset by solar PV within the census block group where the eligible site is located.
  3. Click on the histogram and two range bars appear. Drag the bars to capture the highest range of population or the range you are most interested in.
  4. Now, only eligible sites with the highest number of people whose electricity usage could by offset by solar PV within the range you have selected are visible on the map. Using additional filters will further refine your selected sites.

To undo this step, click "Clear" within the Local Population Offset filter. To see a histogram of just the sites you've selected, click "Zoom."

  1. Go to the legend on the left side of the map. Click the check box next to the "Housing Attribute Data" layer. This layer is provided as an overview of the percentage of renters in each census tract.
  2. Scroll to and open the "Local Renter Household Offset" filter. This filters eligible sites based on a low estimate of the population where total electricity usage could be offset by solar PV within the census block group where the eligible site is located.
  3. Click the histogram and two range bars appear. Drag the bars to capture the eligible sites within the highest range of percent renters.
  4. Now, only eligible sites with the highest number of renters whose electricity usage could by offset by solar PV within the range you have selected are visible on the map. Using additional filters will further refine your selected sites.

To undo this step, click "Clear" within the Local Renter Household Offset filter. To see a histogram of just the sites you've selected, click "Zoom."

Brownfield and Superfund point locations are now included outside of the choice of layers.

  1. Zoom into any location within Los Angeles County on the map.
  2. Red and yellow points appear on the map labeled by the site name.
    Red represents Brownfield sites
    Yellow represents Superfund sites

Our suggestion is to keep track of sites based on the Site ID number.

  1. You have found a site or multiple sites to consider.
  2. Click on the site to view the pop-up and locate Site ID, listed first.
    We suggest keeping a list of Site ID's for eligible sites you are considering.
  3. To view only this site on the map, use the Site ID filter.
  4. Open the filter and search for the Site ID you are interested in. Multiple sites can be added with this filter.

  5. Note that the filter will not zoom to the site automatically. You will need to know roughly where it is located and zoom in manually.

Simplified Data

Choose Excel for curated data columns matching what is available when you click on an Eligible Site on the Map. Our suggestion, if you would like data for a few sites, is to write down the Site ID value (found by clicking on a site on the map). Use the Excel file to match the Site ID(s) of interest. This document includes metadata.

Full Data Columns

Choose CSV or Shapefile for the full columns of the Eligible Sites data layer available for download through CARTO.

Metadata includes column names and descriptions.