Forever 21 to get 5 MW solar power array

American fashion retailer Forever 21 unveiled plans to install a 5.1 MW (DC) high efficiency SunPower solar power system at Forever 21's headquarters in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The planned solar power system makes Forever 21 the latest business to participate in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Program. It will also become the first project to use both of LADWP's local solar power programs — the FiT100 Set Pricing Program and the Solar Incentive Program at one location.

PermaCity is designing and installing a system for Forever 21 using SunPower solar panels, the most efficient and reliable solar panels on the market today. SunPower panels deliver up to 36 percent more electricity than conventional solar panels, and are warranted to deliver guaranteed performance with minimal degradation for 25 years.

PermaCity will install the system using its SolarStrap racking product. Manufactured in Los Angeles, SolarStrap does not create exposed penetrations that can cause roof leaks, and does not rely on bulky ballast that can stress a building's structural integrity.

When completed this summer, the system is expected to generate enough energy to power about 1,450 Lincoln Heights homes. According to estimates, it will avoid the annual production of almost 13 million pounds of carbon dioxide — equal to the emissions created by burning 6 million pounds of coal, or the equivalent of taking 1,200 passenger cars off the roads.

The project is expected to be completed by early fall.

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