Massive Rooftop Solar Install Gets Green Light

Southern California doesn’t lack sun or people willing to think outside the box. Now, those forces have converged in a new agreement between Southern California Edison (SCE)–in yet another act of large-scale renewable energy leadership–and SunLink Corporation, sealing the deal on the beginning of a massive rooftop solar generation program in San Bernardino and eastern Los Angeles Counties.

SunLink is known for their rooftop mounting technology, which will be utilized to install up to 50 MW worth of photovoltaic (PV) panels on numerous commercial rooftops in the area by mid-2011. SunLink offers multiple tilt angles and non-penetrating mounting options for a wide variety of solar panels, which will allow for a high-performance array that reduces installation costs and maximizes labor efficiency on the roof.

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This contract marks the beginning of SCE’s commitment to build 250 MW of owner-installed and -operated photovoltaic systems over the next five years. It’s one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious solar plans. The project is expected to help SCE meet new customer demands, speed up California’s transmission times for solar electricity, and generate 800 green collar jobs.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.