We love to see impressive increases in solar-power utility, and this year California has blown the rest of the United States away. California is now producing more solar-powered energy than all of the other states combined. Hopefully we will see the rest of the world, especially Australia, take the hint and begin following in California's steps.
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California is now the first U.S. state to get 5 percent of its annual utility-scale electricity from the sun. But that's really understating what just happened.
The chart above, released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, shows that in just one year, big solar jumped from 1.9 percent to 5 percent of the state's total power generation. California isn't just producing the most utility-scale solar electricity of any state; it's producing more than all the other states combined.
And that's only what the major electricity producers are generating—it doesn't include rooftop solar, in which California is also leading the nation. In small-scale solar, capacity for another 2.3 gigawatts has been installed, according to the California Public Utilities Commission.