Among the Nation’s Leading Utilities for Renewable Energy
Renewable Power for Southern California
Wind farms and solar plants typically are located in remote areas, far from where most of us live and work. To deliver wind and solar power to Southern California homes and businesses, our infrastructure must be expanded and upgraded. Our Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project is the nation’s largest wind energy delivery infrastructure, and it’s one of many strategic investments we’re making to provide more renewable power.
Our innovative Rooftop Solar Program – the nation’s largest advanced solar photovoltaic project – is generating cleaner renewable power in an environmentally sustainable fashion. By positioning solar stations on the roofs of existing warehouses in sunny, inland areas, we are putting otherwise-unused rooftops to good use. The program is designed to generate as much as 220 megawatts DC of solar power with rooftop and ground mounted photovoltaic panels, both by us and by independent power producers.
Helping Southern Californians Go Solar
We’re among the nation’s leading utilities when it comes to helping households and businesses go solar. In fact, we’re connecting a new solar customer every 15 minutes—for a total of more than 34,000 in 2014 alone. Since the California Solar Initiative began in 2007, we’ve paid $800 million-plus in rebates to more than 65,000 solar customers.
100+ Years of Clean Hydropower
We have been generating hydro power in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for 100+ years. Big Creek was the first large-scale hydro system in the United States. Today, it generates enough emission-free electricity to power 640,000 homes, and accounts for 20% of the generation capacity we own. We don’t count it toward our renewable portfolio standard goals, though, because California policy does not include power from large hydro plants.
World’s First Low-Emission Hybrid Battery Storage, Gas Turbine Peaker System
In partnership with GE, the new technology helps reduce greenhouse gases and operating costs at two existing peaker plants in Norwalk and Rancho Cucamonga. Like a hybrid vehicle, an advanced lithium-ion battery provides energy to the grid immediately, allowing time for the gas turbine to ramp up and take over, if needed. The battery is later recharged. The system is called the Hybrid Enhanced Gas Turbine system, or Hybrid EGT, and results from a partnership between SCE, General Electric and Wellhead Power Solutions.