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.