More Major California Solar Projects For SunEdison

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SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE) announced last week it had been awarded a contract to build 33 megawatts of rooftop solar in California.

Part of Southern California Edison’s (SCE) program to update the grid in metropolitan areas, the project will see solar power systems constructed on rooftops throughout the Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties.

SunEdison is the only company to have been awarded solar projects in all four rounds of Southern California Edison’s program.

“As this project demonstrates, solar systems can be sized and strategically located to provide maximum benefit to both the utility grid and California homeowners and businesses,” said SunEdison Managing Director of Western USA Distributed Generation Sam Youneszadeh.

The 33MW of solar, 17 installations all told, is scheduled to be operational next year. Combined, they will generate enough power to supply 63,000 homes.

The project is based on a 20 year power purchase agreement (solar PPA).

In other recent SunEdison news, and also in California, the company signed an agreement with the County of Alameda to install 3 megawatts of solar power systems.

The arrays are part of the second phase of the Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Program (R-REP). SunEdison was awarded more than 18 MW DC of solar projects, including 11 MW with Alameda County, in the first phase of the initiative.

The solar arrays will be installed on multiple sites, including the Santa Rita Jail.

The savings the County of Alameda will enjoy are huge – an estimated USD $9.5 million over the life of the projects.

“The company’s ability to deliver reliable, low-cost energy solutions across a variety of challenging sites has been an important reason our R-REP project is flourishing – and a pivotal factor in allowing this partnership to bring clean renewable energy to dozens of sites in Alameda County and across the Bay Area,” said Susan S. Muranishi , Alameda County Administrator

Operation and maintenance of the various facilities will be carried out by SunEdison Services, which provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services.