California sets solar output record

California generated 4.09GW of solar power on 8 March, beating the prior-day record of 3.93GW, enough electricity for about three million homes, according to the California Independent System Operator Corporation (CAISO).

The state’s grid manager says that solar electricity production has more than doubled from 7 June 2013, when it recorded 2,07GW of peak production. Output has more than quadrupled since summer 2012.

“This shows that California is making remarkable progress in not only getting new resources approved and connected to the grid, but making meaningful contributions in keeping the lights on as well,” CAISO chief executive Steve Berberich.

California has 5.23GW of installed solar capacity, the most of any state.

Capacity from all renewable sources make up about 15GW of CAISO’s generation mix.