Southern California Edison (SCE) has awarded SunEdison Inc. contracts to build 33 MW of distributed generation (DG) solar in the utility company's latest round of solar procurement.
The solar systems will be built on rooftops throughout Orange County and Inland Empire industrial corridors as part of SCE's plan to upgrade and modernize the grid for customers in densely populated metro areas and reduce power interruptions during periods of peak demand.
SCE will will purchase the electricity from 17 rooftop solar systems through 20-year power purchase agreements. The projects are scheduled to be operational in 2016.
TerraForm Power Inc. intends to acquire these projects from SunEdison upon completion. Operation and maintenance of the solar power plants will be performed by SunEdison Services.
‘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,’ says Sam Youneszadeh, SunEdison's managing director of DG for the western U.S.