California produces 149 GWh renewable power on May 31
Solar panels in California. Author: Walmart Corp. License: Creative Commons. Attribution 2.0 Generic
Renewable power generation in California, excluding large hydro, rose to 148,780 MWh on May 31 from 128,741 MWh a day earlier, according to data by the California Independent System Operator Corp (ISO).
Wind power output for the day stood at 48,374 MWh, a 61.53% day-on-day jump. The peak was reached at 0000 PDT and amounted to 3,582 MW.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) generation declined to 51,812 MWh from previous day's 52,548 MWh, peaking at 5,399 MW at 1300 PDT. Solar thermal power plants, or CSP, added 6,876 MWh.
California's geothermal power plants, meanwhile, generated 24,605 MWh and its small hydropower plants (SHPPs) produced 4,682 MWh on May 31.
Early in May the ISO said the capacity of all solar and wind parks connected to the Californian grid amounts to 6,700 MW and 6,100 MW, respectively. Since the summer of 2014, total of 2,328 MW of new power capacity has been hooked to the grid, with solar accounting for 96% of that.