California is home to a massive amount of solar power — and it’s growing rapidly.
With more than 8,000 megawatts of power generating capacity, the state has nearly a quarter of the nation’s total solar capacity.
That’s more than enough power for nearly half of California’s residents, according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
And, the latest data from the California Department of Energy and Environment (DECE) shows that the state is adding more solar power each day.
In December, for instance, California added 4,823 megawatts to its installed solar capacity, making it the nation, and the world, leader in total solar power generation.
That growth, according the report, has been driven by two things: The rising costs of installing and maintaining solar power plants, and an increase in demand from consumers.
The latter has driven a dramatic increase in residential solar power purchases in California.
A whopping 87 percent of residential solar energy in the state comes from solar projects, the report says.
“The state has been steadily expanding its solar generation capacity over the past two years, but now is a particularly critical time to begin the process of building on the solar energy that is already in place,” DECE Director of Energy Information, David Hsu, said in a statement.
“It is essential that we ensure that our system is up to date, safe, and that consumers have the ability to access and afford this new generation of solar energy.”
With that in mind, here’s a look at the state’s solar generation from the beginning of the year through the end of March, when it peaked at over 7,500 megawatts.
In a nutshell, the more solar energy a utility can generate, the greater its electricity costs.
That has a big impact on the cost of electricity for California households.
California has a massive number of solar projects and photovoltaic systems that provide power to more than 200,000 customers in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, and Orange counties.
Of those, only 1,922 are expected to be operational by the end or mid-term, the most recent data from DECE show.
The average residential solar PV capacity in the U