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Published on August 23rd, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


California Solar Power Hits New Output Record

August 23rd, 2014 by

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California solar power plants recently hit a new electricity output record for electricity from utility-scale solar power plants. It hit 4.813 gigawatts of output on August 15 at 12:03pm.

The data comes from CAISO, which only tracks utility-scale output. It can’t track behind-the-meter rooftop output, which had the potential to add another 2.6 gigawatts.

To put things in better perspective, utility-scale solar power (from PV & CSP) produced about 5.1% of California’s electricity demand in July and 6.4% of California’s electricity demand in June.

Of course, these records will be broken year after year, often several times a year, as solar power is growing fast in the Golden State. Nonetheless, bringing attention to the growth through new records is a good way to wake more people up to the cost competitiveness of solar power, as well as California’s leadership installing solar power.

For more details on the California solar market, check out this report.

Image Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.

  • Offgridman

    What helps to make this cool to me is that it is happening almost two months after the solstice when you would expect to see the record outputs.

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