POMONA (CBS) — Southern California’s biggest power utility is looking to the sun to give more power to the people.

Southern California Edison engineers on Monday gave reporters a glimpse of what is being hailed as cutting-edge research that may lay the groundwork for a complete overhaul of local power distribution circuits.

KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports the plan is aimed at a more total integration of home appliances into the solar power grid.

Upgraded “smart” circuitry will allow the utility to incorporate more solar efficiency into its grid at the local level.

“You would be connecting through one of these inverters onto the grid, and also through the inverter to power the appliances in your home, so all this stuff will be integrated…if you happen to have a solar panel on your roof,” said Edison’s Mike Montoya.

In addition, the utility has put four new community solar stations online just in time to help meet peak summer customer demand this summer.