24 Feb '14, 4pm

Peak California utility-scale solar generation jumps again to over 3.5 GW, new CSP record of 416 MW

California continues to blow through records for peak utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) output, despite at least one unit being offline at the Ivanpah CSP plant. Combined utility-scale PV and CSP generation hit 3.506 GW at both 1 PM and 2 PM on Friday February 21st, 2014. During the day unit 2 of the Ivanpah CSP plant was listed as fully off-line on the “curtailed and non-operational” list, which has been the case for at least one of the plant's three units for nearly all of February 2014. PV output peaked at 3.302 GW at 12:56 PM, roughly two hours after CSP output peaked at 416 MW, a new record. As discussed previously, these figures do not include an estimated 2.2 GW of “behind-the-meter” PV systems, which are mostly rooftop PV. Utility-scale solar peaks at 13.5-14% of demand Total electricity demand was at 25-26 GW between 1 PM an...

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