11 Sep '12, 3pm

The Growing Might of Solar Power

California System Operator On Aug. 14, the solar power supply to California’s grid passed 1,000 megawatts for the first time From California to New Jersey, the summer sun was hot this year — and so was the solar industry. While the business of solar energy is still small enough and young enough to record firsts at the fearsome pace of a toddler, the milestones are getting more substantial. For instance, in mid-August California’s utility-scale solar generating stations combined to put out the same amount of energy — one gigawatt — as a substantial nuclear or coal-fired power plant. That moment occurred between 5 and 6 p.m., coinciding with peak demand, associated with the need to cool indoor air. As the energy-related Web site Earth Techling pointed out , the California System Operator only records the solar energy coming from utility-scale facilities, and there is another...

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The Growing Might of Solar Power

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California System Operator On Aug. 14, the solar power supply to California’s grid passed 1,000 megawatts for the first ti...

The Growing Might of Solar Power

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