12/27/2012

California Peaks in Solar Production


California continues to take the lead in reducing carbon emissions with one of the nation's most ambitious renewable energy programs.  By 2020, California intends to generate 33 percent of its power from renewable sources.  The state recently set a record for winter solar power generation, almost reaching the previous record set this summer of just over 1 gigawatt of solar energy.


Record was set on Dec. 19th when California power companies reported peak solar power generation of just under 1 gigawatt of power from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, just under the previous record set this year back in August.  This is significant because the peak of solar output was nearly reached during the winter, when the sun is lower in the sky.


the underlying point is that California's solar energy generation capacity has grown significantly since the August record was set.  Compared to last years maximum output of 200MW of solar production, this year was extremely impressive.  That growth is expected to continue or even increase in 2013, which is a positive outcome because a rapid phaseout of fossil fuels is necessary to avoid the worst effects of future climate change according to the vast majority of climate scientists.

Source: Clean Technica