Southern California Edison (SCE) plans to upgrade and modernize the grid for its customers in densely populated metro areas and reduce power interruptions during periods of peak demand. It awarded SunEdison a contract to build 33MW of rooftop solar projects throughout the Orange County and Inland Empire industrial corridors.
SCE is an electricity utility that serves more than 14 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers. It plans to purchase electricity from 17 rooftop solar systems through 20-year power purchase agreements (PPA). The agreements signed with SunEdison were awarded during SCE’s fourth request for offers under the utility company’s Solar Photovoltaic Program, and SunEdison is the only company to win projects in all four rounds of the program.
"We are very pleased to be working with Southern California Edison to modernize and upgrade the utility grid," said SunEdison Managing Director of Western USA Distributed Generation Sam Youneszadeh. "As this project demonstrates, solar systems can be sized and strategically located to provide maximum benefit to both the utility grid and California homeowners and businesses."
The 17 solar power plants are scheduled to be operational in 2016. In addition, the rooftop solar systems will be built on industrial properties across Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties.
These projects are on the Call Right Projects List for Terraform Power. TerraForm Power intends to acquire these projects from SunEdison upon completion. Operation and maintenance of the solar power plants will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services.