Massive Solar-Battery Plant Wins Approval in L.A., Overcoming Union Concerns

By [email protected] Los Angeles’ municipal utility unanimously approved the contract for the cheapest solar and energy storage project in the U.S. on Tuesday.

The 400-megawatt Eland project, developed by 8minute Solar Energy, failed to pass a late-August vote by the L.A. Department of Water and Power’s Board of Commissioners. The utility union had expressed concerns about the project, part of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s clean energy overhaul, which union leadership has strongly criticized.

In the two weeks since, 8minute worked with relevant parties to guarantee that it will build the project with union labor under a project labor agreement. The additional dialogue satisfied the commissioners

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