Mar Vista community leaders are setting their sights on having 100 percent clean electricity production within the community in less than ten years.
The Mar Vista Community Council voted unanimously Tuesday, November 10th to set a 100 percent clean electricity target for the community as a whole by 2018 and develop a roadmap to achieve it. The motion was unanimously approved by the Mar Vista Green Committee two weeks earlier, just days after the conclusion of a three-month community solar program in Mar Vista.
The neighborhood council action comes one year after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled his Solar LA plan for the city to become “a world leader in the solar industryÖ the cleanest, greenest big city in America.”
Community members note that Mar Vista’s goal was influenced
by former Vice President Al Gore’s July 2008 call for 100 percent clean electricity nationwide by 2018, and the subsequent launch of the RepowerAmerica campaign. Mar Vista residents say they had organized in support of the goal using the openmarvista.net social network, Twitter, and Facebook. They also gathered signatures at the Green Committee booth at the Mar Vista Farmers Market and at last month’s Mar Vista Goes Green Fall Festival.
“We are very confident that Mar Vista will demonstrate to other communities that 100 percent clean electricity is achievable,” Mar Vista Green Committee Co-Chair Sherri Akers said of the council’s vote. “The MVCC Green Committee is excited about our role in outreach to make this a reality.”
More than 120 Mar Vista residents recently participated in a three-month GoSolar Mar Vista community program offering seminars on the immediate electricity savings provided by rooftop solar generation, free home assessments, and a group discount on solar installations. SolarCity, the installer selected for the program, has completed 26 solar installations in the community.
“The Mar Vista solar program shows what communities can do for the environment when they act collectively,” Jonathan Bass, director of marketing at SolarCity, said.