Renewable energy company SunEdison Inc. has signed two 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with utility company Southern California Edison (SCE) totaling 2.7 MW of solar.
SCE is exploring how clean energy resources like wind and solar could defer or eliminate the need to build a new natural gas power plant in Orange County, Calif. The closure of nearby ocean-cooled power plants, including the San Onofre nuclear power plant, has impacted Southern California’s electricity supply, and the utility is eager to find cost-effective, clean energy alternatives to support growing demand. Furthermore, the solar installations under these PPAs will help the utility meet California’s recently passed goal to produce half of its electricity from renewables by 2030.
SunEdison intends to build the solar systems using a combination of parking canopies and rooftop space, and the company will install, own and operate each system.
SunEdison intends to complete the solar systems pending approval of the contracts by California’s Public Utility Commission. Operation and maintenance of the solar systems will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides 24/7 global asset management, monitoring and reporting services.