Solar Power Production Sets New Record in California

Photo courtesy of California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO)
Solar power production set a new record in California - when 8,030 megawatts of solar power was produced on July 12, 2016.

That amount is nearly double the amount produced in mid-2014 and roughly 2,000 megawatts higher than solar power produced in May 2015, according to the California Independent System Operator (California ISO).

 The California ISO manages the flow of electricity across high-voltage power lines that make up 80 percent of California’s power grid and a small portion of Nevada’s power grid.

The robust presence of renewables in the state’s energy mix is evidenced by solar and wind, and other resources that are part of the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, providing nearly 29 percent of the state’s electricity needs on July 12, the California ISO said.

The highest penetration percentages of renewables to the state’s power needs this year happened on May 14 and 15 - when renewables accounted for 54 percent and 56 percent of the state’s power demand.

The California Energy Commission conducts strategic transmission planning and corridor designation with the California ISO in coordination with the California Public Utilities Commission and federal agencies.

More about the solar production record can be found here.

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