Californian utility-scale solar surpasses wind for first time in 2015 2016-04-29

CAISO reported that over the past five years, utility-scale solar generation in California increased from 1,000GWh to 15,592GWh, accounting for 6.7% of the system total in comparison to wind at 5.3%. Source: group-stl.com

 

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) stated in its records that over the past five years, grid-connected, utility-scale solar generation in the state increased fifteen-fold: increasing from 1,000GWh in 2011 to 15,592GWh in 2015, accounting for 6.7% of the system total in comparison to wind at 5.3%.

 

Despite getting caught in the cross-fire of the controversial net-metering debate across the US, California champions large-scale solar growth in recent years and has considerably altered the structure of the regional energy market.

 

"California's continued commitment to renewable energy is very encouraging and creates a great deal of opportunity for the industry,", global manager of energy services, Vaisala. But, as we've seen in many markets around the world, rapid capacity growth also inevitably places strain on regional systems," said Pascal  Storck

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