The sun is shining on California this summer and showed a bright future for our solar industry.
The California ISO, the organization which operates our grid and pays for your #OhmHour participation, reported that California produced over 8 Gigawatts of solar electricity. This is enough to power nearly 6 million homes or alternatively send Marty McFly back to the future 6 times. This enormous amount of solar power is twice the record from mid-2014.
What’s even more impressive is that this figure doesn’t even count residential solar panels that many people have installed on their roofs. Bentham Paulos of GreenTech Media indicates that solar homes add an additional 4.4 Gigawatts of electricity, but is more difficult to quantify since it’s measured behind residents’ smart meters.
“This solar production record demonstrates that California is making significant strides forward in connecting low carbon resources to the grid in meeting the state’s goal of reaching 33 percent renewables by 2020,” said California ISO President and CEO Steve Berberich.
What’s great is that #OhmHour helps even more solar spread across California. As we all know, clouds may drift overhead causing a temporary decline in available electricity. With #OhmHour, the effects of these shortages are alleviated and our community gets paid for keeping the grid balanced and clean.