California Gets More Than 5% Solar Power
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There is no doubt about it, if you want to reduce your energy costs and be kinder to the environment, then you should be considering solar energy. Solar technology has come a long way since it was first introduced and it is now becoming a viable natural power source by using the bountiful rays of the sun, and the side affect is that you will reduce your own energy costs and will benefit from a healthier way of living.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2014 utility-scale solar projects in California generated more than three times the output of the second-highest state, Arizona, and more than all other states combined. Several extremely large plants led the way in what was a bumper year for solar in California, including two 550 megawatt solar photovoltaic plants, Topaz and Desert Sunlight, and the 377 MW Ivanpah and 250 MW Genesis solar thermal plants.
California added about 3,550 MW of new solar in 2014, according to a recent report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, a number that accounts for more than half of the 6,200 MW added across the country. Of these 3,550 MW, more than half — some 1,900 MW — came from utility-scale projects.
California Solar Power Could Power The State
The weather in California lends itself to solar energy production because of the climate in terms of sunshine – especially in desert and remote areas that are dry and arid. Solar Panels in large solar fields can be found powering the states electricity thirst. The Washington post writes; [the_ad id=”137″]
California is a clean energy trailblazer on a number of fronts. It’s a part of a carbon emissions trading program with other Pacific states, and has also set a goal of supplying one-third of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2020, and cutting its carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent by 2050. via: California could power itself three to five times over with solar.
No energy source is perfect and of course like anything in life there are also problems that exist when considering solar power such as rapid changes in weather and the sun at particular times of the day.
California’s drought is a terrible thing, which has affected other states too, however the bright side of this is the fact that Solar power production has obviously increased.
California Solar Power Industry Has Exploded
The solar industry has exploded because of all these factors and more and more individuals are turning their family home into power energy systems that are all solar based. With the introduction of well tested and developed solar systems, and the fact that costs are reducing considerably that allow most California residents to be able to afford the solar panels – noting there are some financial and governmental incentives to look toward.
Choose California Solar Power and go green