A pilot project that city engineers say will save Los Angeles thousands of dollars in power was announced May 24 in Venice.

Officials from the Bureau of Street Lighting say the city will be installing 100 solar panels on brand new LED (light-emitting diode) street lights in Venice, as well as Hollywood and Porter Ranch.

Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who represents Venice, said 24 such lights were installed on Venice Boulevard, one of his Westside district’s most highly traveled thoroughfares.

“If we continue to put them throughout the city, we will reach a point where we’re almost fully solar powered,” he said. “Next I want to see them along Venice Beach.”

The program uses the solar panels on the LED lights to capture energy and return it to the grid, saving 60 percent in energy, city officials said.

Engineers say this latest green project in the city will help generate power without burning fossil fuel.

As part of the project, the department is also installing 140,000 LED lights throughout the city – the most LED installations of any city in the nation, according to the Bureau of Street Lighting.

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