Solar power growth leaps by 50% worldwide thanks to US and China | Environment | The Guardian

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    California Has So Much Solar Power That Other States Are Paid To Take It
    https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/17/07/01/0053210/california-has-so-much-solar-power-that-other-states-are-paid-to-take-it

    “On 14 days during March, Arizona utilities got a gift from California: free solar power,” reported the Los Angeles Times. Mic reports:

    California is generating so much solar energy that it is resorting to paying other states to take the excess electricity in order to prevent overloading power lines.

    California is making so much solar energy the rest of the country looks like a joke
    https://mic.com/articles/180607/california-is-making-so-much-solar-energy-the-rest-of-the-country-looks-like-a-joke

    California is the poster child for solar energy: in 2016, 13% of the state’s power came from solar sources. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, California is in the lead for the cumulative amount of solar electric capacity installed in 2016.

    In fact, the California is generating so much solar energy that it is resorting to paying other states to take the excess electricity in order to prevent overloading power lines. According to the Los Angeles Times, Arizona residents have already saved millions in 2017 thanks to California’s contribution.

    The state, which produced little to no solar energy just 15 years ago, has made strides — it single-handedly has nearly half of the country’s solar electricity generating capacity.

    When there’s too much solar energy, there is a risk of the electricity grid overloading. This can result in blackouts. In times like this, California offers other states a financial incentive to take their power.

    But it’s not as environmentally friendly as one would think. Take Arizona, for example. The state opts to put a pin in its own solar energy sources instead of fossil fuel power, which means greenhouse gas emissions aren’t getting any better due to California’s overproduction.

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