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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

California Smashes Solar Record With 2 GW Generated Across State Grid

California just passed the 2 GW boundary last Friday in solar power. If that's not impressive enough, fully 97% of all new energy to come on line to year-end will be provided by solar power!

The termination of nuclear power at the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station dropped the state's total potential by 2.25 GW and all that solar power is going to be helping fill the gap.

It's not just California that's jumping on the solar bandwagon—49% of all new electrical generating capacity added during the first quarter of 2013 was from solar power. And, because most solar power is installed in the last quarter of each year, chances are that percentage is heading much higher. At the end of the first quarter of 2013, total USA solar power capacity stood at 7.962 GW.