Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar

VIDEO: Southern California Edison requests new clean power generation

Southern California Edison launched a request for offers (RFO) to obtain renewable energy from independent power producers as part of its solar photovoltaic program (SPVP).

SCE is seeking about 27 MW of direct current power based on the economics of the offers in the fifth and final solicitation for the program since it began in 2010. The program’s overall target is 125 MW.

This effort supports the development and interconnection of solar power projects within the utility’s service territory and is just one of a set of programs used by SCE to acquire power from renewable energy generation. It is designed to encourage energy production from rooftop-mounted solar photovoltaic facilities sized between 1-2 MW, but allows for projects from 0.5 to 10 MW.

Last year, SCE provided 24 percent of its energy to customers from renewable sources.

All purchase agreements will be reviewed and become effective after approval by the California Public Utilities Commission. Since its inception in 2010, SCE’s program has been buying energy from solar photovoltaic-generating facilities using a standard power-purchase agreement with a 20-year term.

SCE has about 125,000 rooftop solar systems installed in its territory, totaling more than 1,000 MW. Those systems include residential and non-residential installations, as well as some utility-owned projects. One megawatt of solar photovoltaic energy in California can serve about 250 homes.