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Solar panel firm relocates in Atwater Village

ATWATER VILLAGE — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials are touting the job-creating benefits of a newly built, 20,000-square-foot solar facility here.

The opening of the operation center for SolarCity, which offers solar panel installation services, is expected to create 80 jobs, according to company executives.

The company has about 500 employees in Los Angeles — with about 2,000 in Southern California — and is planning to hire more installers, as well as sales and administration staff.

“Rooftop solar means steady jobs, cleaner air, less water use and a cost-effective way for Angelenos to generate their own clean energy — all while helping L.A. meet our ambitious but achievable goals laid out in my Sustainable City plan,” Garcetti said, referring to the pollution reduction, environmental protection and livability goals he recently announced.

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who represents the area, said the SolarCity facility joins a “vibrant mix of industries along the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village.”

“SolarCity will bring 21st century clean energy jobs to the area, as well as help Angelenos conserve power, save money and take part in a sustainable future,” he said.