A major renewable energy transmission project currently being built in Southern California that could provide enough clean energy to serve about 3 million homes saw its first major milestone completed today. Southern California Edison (SCE) said that its Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project now had the first three segments of a total of 11 completed.
The Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, according to SCE, includes “a series of new and upgraded high-voltage transmission lines capable of delivering 4,500 megawatts of electricity from wind farms, solar and other generation resources in Northern Los Angeles and Eastern Kern counties.” The segments already completed will deliver 700 megawatts total, while the remaining segments, pending final approval from federal land agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, should be completed by 2015. The project as a whole spans from eastern Kern County to the city of Ontario in San Bernardino County, crossing portions of the Antelope Valley, the Angeles National Forest, the San Gabriel Valley and the western Inland Empire.
SCE added that the Tehachapi project is the first major California transmission project built specifically to access renewable energy and that it is one of “11 new transmission lines regulators say are needed to help California reach its ambitious renewable energy goals.” The utility has projected that over the next five years it will invest $21.5 billion to expand, green and strengthen the region’s power grid, with 26 percent of this investment being directed toward the transmission grid.