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As California Loses Hydro Resources to Drought, Large-Scale Solar Fills in the Gap

As California Loses Hydro Resources to Drought, Large-Scale Solar Fills in the Gap

In 2013, yearly electricity generation from solar trailed every renewable energy technology in California except small hydro. But over the course of a year, solar generation more than doubled in the state, making it the second-biggest provider of renewable electricity in 2014 behind wind. According to new figures from the federal government , California is now getting 5 percent of its electricity from solar PV and concentrating solar power projects with a capacity greater than 1 megawatt. And those figures don't include the hundreds of thousands of residential and small commercial systems that have blanketed the state in recent years, a category that continues to grow even after state incentives were phased down. The doubling of solar generation in a year is significant for a few reasons. It marks the first time the technology has surpassed geothermal and biomass, resource...

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