Solar additions of over 2 GW to help California meet summer demand

By Tsvetomira Tsanova, SeeNews Renewables

California has enough electricity supplies to meet peak demand this summer thanks to the addition of over 2 GW of solar power capacity, stable imports and only moderate peak demand growth. An analysis by the California Independent System Operator Corp (CAISO) has shown that supplies will be enough even under an extreme scenario of hot temperatures.

The CAISO said that since the summer of 2014, 2,328 MW of new power capacity has been hooked to the grid. Solar accounts for 96% of that. All in all, the capacity of all solar and wind parks connected to the Californian grid amounts to 6,700 MW and 6,100 MW, respectively.

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