Skip to comments.California’s solar generation sets records
Posted on 07/12/2013 10:56:16 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Californias rebate program for homeowners who go solar is winding down, the money nearly spent. But its still setting a few records before the end.
In 2012, Californians installed enough rooftop solar panels to generate a record 391 megawatts of electricity, according to a rebate program update issued this week by the state. Thats up 26 percent from 2011.
Oh, and those numbers dont even include Los Angeles and Sacramento. The California Solar Initiative provides rebates to customers of the states investor-owned utilities, such as Pacific Gas and Electric Co., while both L.A. and Sacramento have their own municipal utilities covered under different solar incentives.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
Well, it really is nothing more than recovering stored solar energy...
One suspects that the "estimates" are exaggerations compounded with magical thinking.
Undoubtedly that’s peak energy on a sunny summer afternoon. The 365-day, 24-hour average has to be well under half of that.
Assuming all coal is of biological origin, of course. Unquestionably true for peat, lignite and bituminous, and probably true for most anthracite as well.
US consumption of electricity per year approx: 3,886,400,000 MEGA watt hours vs 391 MW.*24*365 or .088131947% of USA requirements if somehow the tree huggers got the sun to shine 24 hrs a day 365 days a year.
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