Southern California Edison (SCE) says that seven new solar power plants in the area are now online. The newest solar photovoltaic installations, located in Ontario, Calif., and Redlands, Calif., have a combined peak generating capacity of 12.5 MW. The new plants bring to 10 the number of SCE neighborhood solar stations.
The Ontario installations involved four separate solar stations on 1.8 million square feet of leased warehouse roofs owned by ProLogis. The 32,950 solar photovoltaic panels SCE has installed in Ontario are capable of generating 5.5 MW of power. The three installations in Redlands feature a total of 34,600 PV panels spread over 1.5 million square feet of ProLogis warehouse roofs. The panels can generate 7 MW of power.
SCE notes that its solar stations can be brought online quickly once the distribution circuits they are being connected to are prepared to handle the new generator output and voltage controls. One of SCE's objectives is to study the impact on local grid reliability, so that these distributed energy resources can be interconnected safely. Lessons learned during deployment of SCE's solar photovoltaic project will be shared with other utilities and the solar market to foster similar efforts, the utility says.
SOURCE: Southern California Edison