It Looks Like California Broke a Major Solar Power Record Today | KCET
It Looks Like California Broke a Major Solar Power Record Today
As always when ReWire breaks this news before CaISO confirms it, we should note that the data is preliminary. It hasn't been reviewed by CaISO: the graph is generated by an algorithm that sometimes needs correction by an editor. And the number doesn't include most rooftop solar found throughout the state -- that's on the wrong side of the electric meter for CaISO to be able to tally. That kind of solar energy production accounted for just under 1,200 megawatts, according to the California Solar Statistics website.
Also, we here at ReWire feel the need to hold this up to some realistic perspective: Friday's total for California grid-tied solar is one-eleventh what Germany had hooked up more than a year ago. Germany's economy and infrastructure is roughly the size of California's, and our lackluster performance compared to the central European nation is especially galling considering that Germany's got about the same amount of sunshine as inland Alaska. Blame it on subsidies: Germany has enacted a robust feed-in tariff to promote solar installations, while it's like pulling teeth to get relative half-measures like net energy metering fully enacted in California.
Still, it's something, and you heard it here at ReWire first.
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