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In California, cities will have to produce 20 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2013. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power met that goal in 2010, and aims to continue meeting that benchmark via a pilot approved recently by the City Council. The CLEAN LA program will allow the city to contract with businesses and residents to buy generated solar energy for the city. The city plans to invest $3 million a year in the pilot (which will begin in a few months), according to the Los Angeles Daily News. According to research done by the Los Angeles Business Council, the program will provide $500 million in economic activity and create 4,500 jobs for the city.