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ROSEMEAD, Calif., March 18, 2010 – Southern California Edison (SCE) is requesting offers from independent power producers for the utility’s Solar Photovoltaic Program.
The program was designed to help the state meet its 2006 Million Solar Roofs goal. Last year, the California Public Utilities Commission approved SCE’s plan to generate hundreds of megawatts of emission-free solar power from the rooftops of large industrial buildings in SCE’s service territory. SCE will own and produce 250 megawatts; another 250 megawatts will be power purchased from solar companies that are successful in the Request for Offer (RFO) process.
“SCE is proud to offer a competitive solicitation for clean, green power, where and when our customers need it the most,” said Marc Ulrich, SCE vice president, Renewable and Alternative Power. “This innovative approach seeks independently owned projects that require no new transmission and avoid any potential land-use issues due to their installation on commercial rooftops.”
SCE anticipates completing the procurement for the entire 250 megawatts of the Solar Photovoltaic Program over the next five to six years. Most of the installations are expected to be on rooftops and be one to two megawatts of solar electricity in size.
Potential sellers can find RFO instructions, schedule and other materials at www.sce.com/spvp-ipp. SCE will host an RFO Conference on April 1, to present information about the RFO and to answer questions from prospective participants. The deadline for submitting non-binding offers is April 19. Those on the short list will be advised of their status May 10. Binding offers will be submitted July 19 and final agreements will be executed July 26.
SCE is the nation’s leading utility for renewable energy. In 2009, SCE delivered 13.6 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy to its customers; about 17 percent of its total power portfolio. In 2008, (the latest year nationwide data is available), SCE bought 65 percent of all the solar power produced in the nation.
About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.
Southern California Edison Launches Request for Offers from Independent Power Producers for Solar Program