California reaches new solar energy recordDecember 28, 2012
California sets new record for solar energy production in winter
In August of 2012, California crossed a significant solar energy milestone, reaching 1 gigawatt of solar energy production. The state has long been a major player in the solar energy sector due to its many alternative energy-friendly policies and the incentives it provides businesses adopting clean forms of power. Throughout 2012, the state has been working to increase its solar energy capacity and seems to have been rampantly successful in this endeavor.
Data shows that state generates significant amounts of clean energy despite reduced solar exposure
California has set a new record for the amount of solar energy it generates during the winter season. According to data from CalSO, the state reported 1,029 megawatts of solar energy being introduce into the California power grid. Moreover, the state came close to generating more than 1 gigawatt of solar energy on the Winter Solstice, which is the day when the state receives its least amount of sunlight. While the new record pales in comparison to the sheer amount of energy that the state needs, it does show that California continues to make significant progress in its solar energy endeavors.
Advanced solar panels capable of capturing more sunlight
California regularly receives ample sunlight, making it an ideal home for solar energy systems. In the winter, the state still boasts of high exposure to solar radiation, but must contend with forces beyond its control. During the winter season, days are shorter and the sun is generally lower in the sky, making it difficult for solar energy systems to generate any significant amount of power. Advances in technology have produced more capable photovoltaic solar panels that can capture the power of the sun more efficiently.
2013 may be a major year for California in terms of energy
California remains a leader in the solar energy sector of the U.S. The state continues to see major growth in its solar energy industry. 2013 is expected to be a very significant year for the state, in terms of alternative energy. There are several clean energy projects that have taken root in California, some of which are scheduled to become active at some point in 2013.