Solar Decathlon 2013
The shareholders, employees, and management of Edison International have a longstanding tradition of corporate giving to the communities they serve.
Among its four core areas of corporate giving is Edison International's commitment to the environment, which runs deep. Through its work in energy efficiency, renewable energy, the smart grid, and electric cars, the company is working toward a cleaner world for its communities and future generations.
Edison International is proud to be a sustaining sponsor of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO. The company provided $250,000 for the event, which is an exciting showcase of innovation and creativity by teams of talented collegiate students whose construction of solar, efficient houses highlight sustainable living today and into the future.
In 2012, Edison International gave more than $10 million in support of education programs that help students excel in science, technology, engineering, arts education, and mathematics. Of that, the company gave $2.9 million in higher education scholarships to underrepresented students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Edison International's support of charitable causes is entirely funded by shareholders. Customers do not pay for donations in their utility bills.
Further evidence of Edison International's support of the environment and student learning is the Affordable, Buildable, and Certifiable (ABC) Green Home, a 1,695-ft2, three-bedroom, three-bath Craftsman-style energy-efficient model house co-built by Southern California Edison and currently on display at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.
With its cutting-edge technology and innovative designs, the house demonstrates Edison International's support of renewable energy in California and efforts to move the state closer to a cleaner energy future while helping reduce the cost of solar electric systems for customers.
In addition to approximately 70 companies that collaborated on the labor and materials to design, build, and accessorize the home using renewable materials, technology, and appliances at a cost, students interested in construction trades from seven Orange County high schools assisted in the construction of the ABC Green House as part of a special educational effort.
As part of Edison International, Southern California Edison has been a leader in renewable energy for more than 20 years. Southern California Edison buys and delivers more renewable energy than any other utility. In 2012, Southern California Edison delivered more than 15 billion kWh to its 5 million customers—just over 20% of its total power portfolio.
The company supports its customers who opt to "go solar" by administering the California Solar Initiative, which offers rebates to help bring down the cost of solar. To date, Southern California Edison has more than 50,000 customers who have installed solar panels on their home or business, representing 590 MW of clean power.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO is a visionary project that will hopefully inspire homeowners, builders, and renters to think about all the possibilities that are open to them.
To learn more, visit Southern California Edison's California Solar Initiative at www.sce.com/csi.