California, United States — Southern California Edison (SCE) and SunLink Corporation announced a master supply agreement to use SunLink’s rooftop solar mounting solution for the next major step in SCE’s massive solar generation program. SunLink’s mounting solution will be used to install up to 50 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on commercial rooftops in San Bernardino and eastern Los Angeles Counties by mid-2011. The contract represents 20 percent of SCE’s plan to build 250 MW of owner-installed and operated PV systems over the next five years.
“We are pleased to have the support of SunLink’s experienced engineering team and quality products as we install the next 50 MW of one of the nation’s largest solar PV programs,” said SCE Director of Generation Strategy and Planning Mark Nelson.
SunLink offers multiple tilt angles and non-penetrating rooftop mounting options for a wide-variety of solar panels, potentially boosting system output for SCE’s projects. Sunlink says its offsite pre-panelization service reduces installed costs and maximizes labor efficiency on the roof.
Under the SCE project, grid engineers will study the electrical effects of a high penetration of photovoltaics on distribution circuits and adapt circuits to accommodate large installations. The information gained will be shared with the power industry. SCE anticipates its solar power project will create up to 800 new green jobs in Southern California in the solar industry. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, one of SCE’s project partners, is supporting the project by expanding its solar installation apprentice-training program.