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At the heart of the US oil industry, 'solar sunflowers' just off the I-35 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Jim Hutchison via Flickr.
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California and Texas are mainstreaming renewable energy

Mike G / DeSmogBlog

20th July 2014

California and Texas continue to break new ground in making electricity generation from renewable sources, writes Mike G. Solar PV in particular has become a vital part of the US' energy mix, accounting for half of new generation capacity.

In California, May 2014 recorded three times as much solar generation as the same month in 2013.

California, for its part, is following up on the huge year solar energy had in 2013 by breaking the record for single-day solar photovoltaic (PV) energy generation back in March, and then breaking its own record on June 1.

The new record in California - 4,767 megawatts of solar PV electricity fed into the grid - is also the national record for any American state.

California installed some 2,261 MW of solar capacity in 2013, more than any other state, and looks to be on track to post up even bigger numbers this year.

A threefold increase in one year

PV Magazine reports that "California's solar footprint is growing bigger with each passing day, week and month, with May recording three times as much solar generation as recorded during the same month in 2013."

Texas may seem like a strange bedfellow for California when it comes to the mainstreaming of energy sources that aren't oil.

But the Lone Star State set a new record for itself on March 26 when 10.2 GWh, nearly a third of the state's electricity generation that day, came from the wind. State regulators don't expect that record to last long, either.

These two examples point to a clear trend of renewable energy scaling up nationwide in blue states and red states alike.

Half of all new generation capacity in the US is solar

In the first quarter of 2014, solar accounted for more than 50% of all new electricity generation capacity installed in the US, some 584 MW, with new solar power plants going online in California, Massachussetts, North Carolina, and Texas.

Wind came in second at 427 MW. Natural gas came in third at 90 MW.

 


 

This article was originally published by DeSmogBlog.

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