California, Texas Hit New Records for Renewables on the Grid
California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) announced in March that the state hit a record of 3926 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale solar energy on its system. The next day, it broke its own record with just over 4 gigawatts of solar power generation.
Now, that record has been broken again. Cal ISO recorded 4767 MW of utility-scale solar on June 1. And it’s not just one-off days that are seeing substantial growth in renewable energy on California’s grid.
During May 2014, solar made up 6 percent of Cal ISO’s total electric load for the month, three times the amount from one year earlier. During peak hours, solar was providing about 14 percent of total power in May of this year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). California added 2145 MW of utility-scale solar in 2013.