California setting new solar records at rapid pace

Open desert surrounds the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight solar project in eastern Riverside County. Desert Sunlight is the world’s largest solar plant, and it’s likely been a big factor in the new solar records California has set over the past few months.   (Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)

Open desert surrounds the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight solar project in eastern Riverside County. Desert Sunlight is the world’s largest solar plant, and it’s likely been a big factor in the new solar records California has set over the past few months. (Photo: Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun)

Via Desert Sun

California generated a record amount of solar power last week — but don't expect the high mark to last long.

The state has already set 14 solar records this year, including the latest high of 6,078 megawatts of simultaneous solar generation. And experts expect a steady clip of new records over the next few months, as sunny summer weather kicks into full gear.

"We've had moments where the whole state was over 50 percent powered by renewable energy," said Adam Browning, executive director of Vote Solar, a national advocacy group. "Think about that: the seventh-largest economy of the world running on what was formerly an empty pipe dream. It's absolutely amazing."

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