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California Provides Half of US Solar

Golden State is the clear leader embracing solar power in America.

California continues to build its muscular solar generation and now has half of the United States’ solar generating capacity, according to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The state’s solar capacity stands at 9,976 megawatts out of 20,000 megawatts deployed nationally, the government said.

California landed half of US solar // US EIA


Two years ago, California became the first state to get 5 percent of its electric power from utility-scale solar plants with at least one megawatt of capacity. Utility scale, large solar units makes up more than two-thirds of California’s solar capacity.

California is aggressively pursuing plans to get half of its power from renewables. That will be the subject of an Energy Times executive conference, The California Renewables Rush, set for San Francisco on April 6.

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