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Tue Jun 11, 2013, 05:52 PM

(Califronia) Solar power generation hits record levels (2071 MW at noon)

http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/06/09/solar-power-generator-hits-record-levels/#axzz2VwiUCov2

SAN DIEGO — With Southern California’s largest electric generating station broken and scheduled for removal, solar generation levels have reached a record level in California, state officials said Sunday.

Solar power generation on California’s grid set a new all-time high output of 2,071 megawatts at 12:59 p.m. Friday, said officials at the California ISO, the state agency that balances customer demand on regulated power utilities with power generation from commercial vendors.

That nearly equals the 2,250 megawatts of nuclear-powered generation that was lost in January, 2012, when small amounts of radiation began leaking from Southern California Edison’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, at Camp Pendleton.

San Diego Gas & Electric owns 20 percent of San Onofre, and has historically received one fifth of its power from the iconic nuclear plant, 65 miles north of San Diego. SDG&E has reassured its customers it can import sufficient replacement power from natural gas, wind and geothermal plants in the Imperial Valley via its new Sunrise Powerlink transmission line.

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Reply (Califronia) Solar power generation hits record levels (2071 MW at noon) (Original post)
jpak Jun 2013 OP
msongs Jun 2013 #1
oldhippie Jun 2013 #3
OnlinePoker Jun 2013 #2
roody Jun 2013 #4

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Tue Jun 11, 2013, 05:56 PM

1. my house is doing its small part in this - rooftop solar for every suitable building nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:47 PM

3. I'm really glad you added that qualifier, and I heartily agree ......

 

Solar on every suitable rooftop (where it makes sense) is a good thing. The unqualified slogan has been a pet peeve of mine for years.

I have solar PV on my south facing roof also. Almost 20 years now. It's small, but every little bit helps.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 06:26 PM

2. At noon, the total renewables portfolio was producing around 14% of total demand (32,000 MW)

At the same time, total production was 42,000 MW. I wish the ISO would break down all sources of California production so we could see how much is gas, coal, and nuclear. They only list small hydro as renewable. Does anybody know why large hydro isn't?

Edit for link
http://www.caiso.com/outlook/SystemStatus.html#Renewables

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 11:46 PM

4. My house too! And it does

not have to be on the roof, although mine is.

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