VIDEO: SunEdison wins 33 MW to upgrade California power grid with solar power

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Renewable energy company SunEdison won contracts to build 33 MW DC of rooftop solar with Southern California Edison (SCE) in the utility company's latest round of solar energy procurement.

The solar power systems will be built on rooftops throughout the Orange County and Inland Empire industrial corridors as part of SCE's plan to upgrade and modernize the grid for customers in densely populated metro areas and reduce power interruptions during periods of peak demand.

The agreements were awarded to SunEdison during SCE's fourth request for offers under the utility company's Solar Photovoltaic Program.

SCE, an electric utility that serves more than 14 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers, will purchase the electricity from 17 rooftop solar systems through 20-year power purchase agreements (PPA).

Scheduled to be operational in 2016, the 17 solar power plants will generate 33 MW of clean, cost effective solar energy, enough to power the equivalent of 63,000 homes. The rooftop solar systems will be built on industrial properties across Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties.

These projects are on the Call Right Projects List for Terraform Power, Inc. (TERP), a global owner and operator of clean energy power plants. TerraForm Power intends to acquire these projects from SunEdison upon completion. Operation and maintenance of the solar power plants will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services.

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