At 1:06 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016, 8,030 megawatts of electricity were generated by multiple large solar plants located throughout California, a record for the state. That amount of electricity is enough to give power to more than six million homes, and that number is more than double what was produced just a few months before in May 2016.
It was a good day for the California Independent System Operator, but unfortunately, it wasn’t a perfect day. The San Francisco Gate said that solar power is at its peak in the middle of the afternoon, then it plummets during the evening hours when the state’s wind farms are at work. The issue with that is the highest demand for electricity is at 6 pm and green energy goes from solar to wind power.
In 2015, California’s governor, Jerry Brown, signed a bill that will up their use of renewable energy. By 2020, 33% of electricity will come from renewable sources and by 2030, 50% of the state’s regulated utilities will have solar, wind, or hydro as its source.