Gallery: California Sets a New Record for Winter Solar Power Generation


California is taking the lead in reducing carbon emissions with one of the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy programs. By 2020, California intends to generate 33 percent of its power from renewable sources. If there was any doubt about its progress, the state recently set a record for winter solar power generation, almost reaching the previous record set  this summer of just over 1 gigawatt of solar energy.

On Dec. 19, California power companies reported a peak solar power generation of just under 1 gigawatt of power from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.  The previous record was set at just over 1 gigwatt of power in August of this year. What makes this figure exceptional is not that it is so close to meeting the previous record, but that the peak of solar output was nearly reached during the winter, when the sun is lower in the sky.

The previous record was set during the long days of summer, but the fact that the record was almost reached during the time when sunlight is the weakest and only available for a short time shows just how far California’s renewable energy program has come. When other renewable energy sources like hydropower and wind are factored in, it has been a very good year for California’s green energy portfolio, and the outlook is even rosier.

via Clean Technica

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  1. ryszard January 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    This can make the outlook rosier still…

    I just created petition to replace income tax with revenue neutral carbon tax. You can sign it here:

    Hopefully if there is enough momentum behind it, something along these lines can be implemented and we can move more rapidly towards carbon-free future.

    Replace income tax with revenue neutral carbon tax i.e. remove income taxes completely and replace them with carbon tax structured in such a way that the same amount of tax revenue is created. If necessary low income families could be subsidized to preserve progressive nature of current tax scheme. This change should introduce very powerful incentive to reduce carbon footprint and at the same time significantly simplify tax code….

    Sign it here:

  2. Willie Wonka December 25, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Thank you California for leading the way… again. Hopefully, the rest of the world will get the picture and stop burning fossils, especially coal.

  3. DebbyBruck December 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    If we want it badly enough, energy self sufficiency is possible in our life time. Let’s follow the leaders in our nation. California show us the way. If we do not take action today, we will not be able to turn back the effects of Global Warming. Expert environmental scientist presented a program and will speak again in 2013.

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