California Breaks Solar Power Record By Generating Electricity For Six Million Homes
Without a doubt, California is one of the richest states in the country. Due in part to its geographical location and the economic viability of the area. In any case, the state is also one of the greenest in the US with about 9 tonnes of CO2 per person. This is a lot, considering that other countries generate far less, but it’s nothing compared to what Wyoming is producing; 120 tonnes per capita.
Anyway, California has taken one of the greenest initiatives in the country, producing some 8,030 megawatts of solar power on July 12, at about 1:06 p.m. This is double as much as the state was able to produce in 2014 and with 2,000 more Mw than in May 2015. This number takes into account only the large arrays of solar panels, without looking at the 537,637 private one installed on people’s homes. This solar energy was enough for about 6 million homes.
“This solar production record demonstrates that California is making significant strides forward in connecting low carbon resources to the grid in meeting the state’s goal of reaching 33 percent renewables by 2020,” ISO President and CEO Steve Berberich said.
According to the U.S. Department,
“for both utility-scale solar PV and solar thermal, California has more capacity than [the] rest of the country combined, with 52 percent and 73 percent of the nation’s total, respectively.”
“California is laying the groundwork for a healthier and sustainable future for all of our families,” de Leon said in an emailed statement to ThinkProgress. “We are showing [the] world through innovation how we can transition and increase access to renewable energy while cleaning up the air we breathe, especially in our most polluted communities.”
De Leon said the new steps built on the state’s climate leadership but that “our efforts to reduce carbon emissions are far from over as global warming and air pollution remain one of the most important issues of our generation and one of the greatest threats for generations to come.”