Solar Power Goes Online In Central Valley

Souther California Edison (SCE) recently connected a 5 megawatt (MW) solar power system to their Central Valley power grid. Located near the municipal airport in Porterville, California, the solar array is the state’s largest investor-owned photovoltaic plant.

Constructed of nearly 30,000 solar panels that cover thirty-two acres of land, the new solar station is SCE’s first ground-mount system, and one of a dozen other solar projects the company is developing in order to reach their goal of owning at least forty solar powered plants across California. The peak performance of this plant is estimated to power over 3,000 homes.

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The solar station in Porterville is one of several utility programs SCE is launching as part of their Solar PV Progam, in which the company is allowed to develop up to 500 MW of solar power under an agreement with the state of California. Earlier this year, it was reported that SCE is planning to purchase 831 MW of solar energy in a deal with other utility companies.

SCE has been buying a great deal of solar power from a variety of sources in the last few months. Besides this ground-mount solar array, SCE has been involved in solar-roof projects as well.

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