SCE is in a Solar Power-Buying Mood

When it comes to electricity made from solar panels, Southern California Edison is in a buying mood.

The region's energy provider in 2006 set a "Million Solar Roofs" goal and is now looking for industrial buildings within its service territory that will support solar panels and sell the electricity generated to Edison, under a plan approved by the state Public Utilities Commission.

Under the plan, SCE will own and produce 250 megawatts, and another 250 megawatts will be bought from companies whose bids are accepted, reports the Associated Press.

"SCE is proud to offer a competitive solicitation for clean, green power, where and when our customers need it the most," said Marc Ulrich, the utility's vice president for renewable and alternative power. "This innovative approach seeks independently owned projects that require no new transmission and avoid any potential land-use issues due to their installation on commercial rooftops."

The deadline for submitting offers is April 19, and those on the short list will be advised of their status May 10. Binding offers will be submitted July 19, and final agreements will be executed July 26, according to SCE.

Information on bidding instructions, conferences and other materials for potential bidders is available on the SCE website.


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