California is first state with 5% of its electricity from solar
California’s big push into clean energy is seeing results as the state became the first with at least 5% of its overall electricity coming from large-scale solar projects last year.
That’s according to a new study from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which said Tuesday that the Golden State more than doubled the percentage of its overall electricity production that comes from utility-scale solar power. (Utility-scale solar plants are those that generate greater than 1 megawatt.) California’s solar output grew from 1.9% of the state’s total electricity in 2013 to 5% last year as the state generated a record 9.9 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2014 — up from 3.8 million MWh a year earlier.