California is Generating So Much Renewable Energy, It’s About to Take a Break

MIHAI ANDREI | August 27, 2018

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With this year’s blistering summer, California’s solar energy production has surged so much that the state might be taking a break from new renewable projects beginning next month. Currently, California is regularly shunting electricity to Arizona and other states (sometimes paying them to do so) just to avoid overloading its own current lines. In 2010, California was generating some 0.5% of its electricity through solar technology, but last year, the figure reached 10% marking a 2000% growth in less than a decade. The growth isn’t all that surprising. For starters, California’s geographical situation makes it ideal for renewable energy generation (particularly solar), but that isn’t even half the story.

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