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It’s Always Sunny in California

California became the first state to reach more than 10 gigawatts of installed solar capacity, which is more capacity than many large countries.

In the first quarter of this year alone, California installed more than 700 megawatts of solar, putting the Golden State’s solar power volume at 10,649 MW.  That’s enough power to supply more than 2.5 million homes.  The breakdown on recent additions, according to a report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, is 399 MW of solar power from utility-scale installations and 231 MW of solar from residential use.  That surpasses the output of Australia, Belgium, and Spain.

The California Energy Commission says that residential installations should increase since more than 25 percent of new home construction includes solar power systems. Full story.

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