10 Sep '12, 8pm

California’s 1 Gigawatt Solar Milestone: What Does It Mean?

California’s 1 Gigawatt Solar Milestone: What Does It Mean?

Topping one gigawatt in solar power production on a hot August day was a milestone that both shows how far California has come with solar power and how far it has to go. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which runs the state’s grid, said the state cracked one gigawatt for the first time and hit a utility-scale solar generation peak of 1,003 megawatts on Tuesday, Aug. 14. First time over the one gigawatt mark (image via California ISO) That record of 1,003 megawatts has since been broken several times, with the latest high-water (high-sunlight?) mark coming on Friday, Aug. 31, at 1,076 megawatts. CAISO says one megawatt can meet the instantaneous demand of at least 750 homes, so in these instances, solar was powering more than 750,000 California homes. Peak output is just a snapshot in time, however, and solar’s climb over the one-gigawatt barrier invites ...

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