Solar power production has officially hit a new record, reaching 8,030 MW on Tuesday, July 12. According to the California Independent System Operator (ISO), this is nearly twice the amount of solar energy produced in mid-2014 and nearly 2,000 MW more than the production in May 2015.
“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,” says ISO President and CEO Steve Berberich. “California continues to lead the nation in adding clean resources to the system and writing a playbook for operating a low-carbon grid.”
Solar and wind energy combined with the other renewable portfolio standard (RPS) resources to provide nearly 29% of electricity needs at Tuesday’s system peak. For short periods of time on May 14 and 15, renewables were serving 54% and 56% of demand, respectively.
According to ISO, California leads the nation in interconnecting renewable resources with clean capacity, totaling 18,718 MW. Of that, solar resources make up nearly 8,600 MW, while wind resources total about 6,000 MW, composing one-third of all renewables on the grid. Geothermal, biofuels, small hydro-electricity and energy storage round out California’s RPS resources, according to ISO.