Southern California Edison (SCE) has initiated a project that will place 250 MW of advanced photovoltaic generating technology on 65 million square feet of commercial-building roofs in Southern California.
‘This project will turn two square miles of unused commercial rooftops into advanced solar generating stations,’ says John E. Bryson, Edison International's chairman and CEO. ‘We hope to have the first solar rooftops in service by August. The sunlight power will be available to meet our largest challenge – peak load demands on the hottest days.’
‘The scale of this project is unprecedented,’ adds Mike Peevey, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) president. ‘It clearly illustrates, once again, Edison's leadership position in the development of new renewable technology.’
SCE has asked the CPUC for approval to install the solar cell technology, initially in the Inland Empire and San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, during the next five years. The request estimates the total project cost to be $875 million.
‘These new solar stations, which we will be installing at a rate of 1 MW a week, will provide a new source of clean energy, directly in the fast-growing regions where we need it most,’ Bryson adds.