Southern California Edison (SCE), an electric utility, has placed a new a solar power plant that it has constructed on top of a 436,000sq ft facility in Rialto, California owned by an affiliate of AMB Property into operation and it is now providing energy to Inland Empire customers.

The new solar power plant, which is powered by 16,300 advanced solar panels installed on the Rialto warehouse, is connected directly to the Southern California Edison’s nearest neighborhood circuit to supply electricity to customers.

The Rialto solar power plant, together with similar installations the utility completed in Fontana and Chino during the past two years, have a combined peak generating capacity of 4 million watts or enough power to serve 2,600 average homes.

SCE also plans to construct ten additional solar plants in the Ontario area and expect them to be online by the year end, creating nearly 500 temporary construction jobs, in addition to installing a total of 250 million watts of solar generation at up to 100 Southern and Central California sites.

Southern California Edison chairman and CEO Alan Fohrer said that this project is part of Southern California Edison’s ongoing capital investment in clean generation and smart grid technologies to meet its customers’ future energy needs.