Southern California Edison announced on Thursday that it would build a network of 250 megawatts of photovoltaic solar cells, making it the largest solar cell project in the US.
SCE said that the project was possible because recent advances in solar cell technology had halved the cost of solar generation in California. Their plan, which was submitted to state regulators, is expected to cost $875 million, and will begin as soon as they get approval. SCE plans to start installing the solar cell arrays on rooftops of commercial buildings in southern California’s Inland Empire, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties. When finished, the project should provide enough power for about 162,000 homes.
“These new solar stations, which we will be installing at a rate of one megawatt a week, will provide a new source of clean energy directly in the fast-growing regions where we need it most,” Edison International Chairman and Chief Executive John Bryson said in a statement.