Southern California Edison to lease rooftops for solar power.

An interesting way of establishing solar power which has, up till now, been an expensive proposition for individual households, is being proposed by the electricity utility Southern Californian Edison.

The approach taken by this utility is to lease roof space from commercial building owners for the installation of solar cells in return for cheaper electricity or lease payments. This will enable the company to power 160,000 homes and will cover an area equivalent to 2 square miles with solar cells.

These initiatives have been stimulated by the Californian state mandated target of 20% power generation from renewable sources. This would require the expense of building more transmission facilities and infrastructure, however, applying solar cells to existing areas does away with this burden.

Additionally, solar cell technology being rolled out by companies such as SCE, can take advantage of the economies of scale that they are able to achieve.

Even though the energy output is about 1/3 of a traditional coal fired power station, every little bit helps. As solar cell technology is refined even further, the savings achieved will make solar power more commercially advantageous. The savings on emissions will be of benefit to all.

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~ by abstraktbiblos on Wednesday, 2 April, 2008.

One Response to “Southern California Edison to lease rooftops for solar power.”

  1. […] Even though the energy output is about 1/3 of a traditional coal fired power station, every little bit helps. As solar cell technology is refined even further, the savings achieved will make solar power more commercially advantageous. … Read More […]

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