An Investment That Keeps Giving

Founded in 1979, Cathay LA, Inc. is a wholesale food and kitchen supplies distributor. Due to an inventory line of over 20,000 products, ranging from dried goods to kitchenware, utility usage is out of control. With using tax incentives, this 450-kilowatt (kW) solar system puts money back into the business. In addition, excess energy is sold to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) bringing in a secondary passive income for Cathay LA. Consequently, this investment literally pays for itself!

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

All participants of Feed in Tariffs (FiT) systems are within the LADWP’s service territory, and interconnects to the LADWP electrical distribution system. The FiT program encourages renewable energy development within the Los Angeles Basin as a result to meet the 33% Renewable Portfolio Standard mandate by 2020.

The FiT Demonstration Program passed by the Board on April 17, 2012 and launched on May 17, 2012, gauges market pricing and tests the initial program’s structure. Projects of solar energy systems range from 30 kW to as much as 999 kW to qualify for this program. A bid pricing mechanism chooses projects that are under the Demonstration Program.


“We are very excited to be producing clean energy for LADWP at a fair market price. It’s a win-win program, and a model for the nation.” – David Lim, Owner of Cathay LA

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