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California Solar Photovoltaic Statistics & Data
Electricity produced by solar photovoltaic (PV) systems surpassed solar thermal electricity in installed capacity in 2008. The cumulative installed capacity reached about 440 megawatts (MW) at the end of 2008, eclipsing the 354 MW of solar thermal. Assuming each system installed kW produced 1,500 kWh, the California PV systems produced 661,500,000 kWh (661.5 GWh) of electricity. That's nearly as much as the 675 GWh of electricity by solar thermal in 2007.
- Solar Photovoltaics in California (PV) Before 1998
- Photovoltaics Under Emerging Renewables and Self-Generation Incentive Programs (1998 - 2006)
- California Solar Initiative (2007 - )
- New Solar Homes Partnership (2007 - )
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Statewide Grid-Connected Photovoltaics
Grid-Connected Photovaltaic Systems in California 1981-2008
(Installed Capacity in Kilowatts)
|CEC Emerging Renewables Program and CPUC Self-Generation Program||CEC New Solar Homes Partnership and CPUC California Solar Initiative|
|Year||Total kW Installed per Year Prior to State Incentives||CEC - ERP IOUs||CPUC - SGIP IOUs||POUs||Total kW Installed per Year 1998-2006||CPUC - CSI IOUs||CEC - NSHP IOUs||Total kW Installed per Year 2007-2008||Cumulative Total kW Intalled|
|Emerging Renewables and Self-Generation Programs 1998-2006|
|New Solar Homes Partnership and California Solar Initiative 2007-2017|
Sources: CEC Grid-Connected PVs through 12/31/07, CPUC CSI Program Update January 2009, POU report summary 1/2008-12/2008.
Acronyms: CEC= California Energy Commission, CPUC = California Public Utilities Commission, ERP = Emerging, Renewables Program, SGIP = Self-Generation Incentive Program, IOUs = Investor-Owned Utilities, POUs = Public Owned Utilities, NSHP = New Solar Homes Partnership, CSI = California Solar Initiative
Statewide Grid-Connected PVs, 1981 to 12/31/07 (Excel file, 144 kb)
Note: This data only includes grid-connected PV systems.
California Solar Statistics (CSI solar data in "real time")
Statistics On Renewable Energy & Electricity In California
- Sources of Electricity In California
- Levelized Costs of New Electricity Generation Facilities by Resource Type
- Large (Thermal) Solar Electricity Facilities
National Renewable Energy Statistics
The main place for energy statistical data is the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration (EIA). Their website is: www.eia.doe.gov
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council tracks nationwide statistics of installed solar.
Download their "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2007" report as a PDF file from: http://irecusa.org/fileadmin/user_upload/NationalOutreachPubs/
- California installed 58% of all grid-tied PV capacity in the U.S. in 2007 -- and was the number one state in the country.
- Ninety percent of grid-connected installations in 2007 were in just five states: California, New Jersey, Nevada, Colorado, and New York.
- California has 69% of all of the grid-tied PV capacity in the U.S. cumulative to date through 2007. California had installed about 33,000 out of the nation's 48,000 solar systems by the end of 2007. The next largest state is New Jersey, with 9% of total installed capacity.
- California is #1 in Cumulative Installed Capacity per person in the U.S. with 9.1 watts per person.