Southern California Edison (SCE), servicing 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, certainly could stand to be a big player in renewable energy. It is, in fact, with a claim to the title of leading purchaser of solar power which was recently bolstered via another 259 megawatts of clean power purchase agreements.
SCE said it signed 21 contracts for these power purchases, of which all but one were for solar power. The bulk of the agreements are with Silverado Power, a solar PV firm based in San Francisco, and those installations will be ground-mounted in Lancaster and Victorville. The utility is leaving it to the independent power producers it is buying from to secure necessary permitting and conducting environmental impact studies.
The utility believes that by the end of the year it will deliver between 19 and 20 percent of its power from renewable resources under California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard guidelines. Last year it delivered 13.6 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy, which is about 17 percent of its customers’ total energy need, procuring approximately 79 percent of all U.S. solar energy, 51 percent of geothermal and 5 percent of wind generation for its customers.
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