SCE Launches 250-MW Solar RFO

Southern California Edison (SCE) this week launched a request for offers (RFO) from independent power producers for the utility’s solar photovoltaic program.

The program, which was was designed to help the state meet its 2006 Million Solar Roofs goal was approved last year by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Under the plan, SCE will own and produce 250 megawatts (MW) of solar power systems, another 250 MW will be power purchased from solar companies that are successful in the RFO process.

“SCE is proud to offer a competitive solicitation for clean, green power, where and when our customers need it the most,” said Marc Ulrich, SCE vice president, 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.”

SCE anticipates completing the procurement for the entire 250 MW of the program over the next five to six years. Most of the installations are expected to be on rooftops and be 1-2 MW in size.

Potential sellers can find RFO instructions, schedule and other materials at on SCE’s website. The deadline for submitting non-binding offers is April 19. 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.

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