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Over the weekend, solar energy provided as much power as two gas-fired plants to California's grid. (Currents Photo Library.)

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 2:30pm

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While most of us were taking it easy this Labor Day weekend, California’s photovoltaic panels were hard at work, generating record amounts of clean solar power needed to keep living rooms cool and drinks ice cold.

On both Saturday and Sunday, solar power in the state peaked at just over 1,000 megawatts (MW). That’s roughly the same capacity as two large natural gas-fired plants. (Of course, gas-fired plants can keep the lights on at night, when solar isn’t much use.)

Going into the weekend, on Friday, solar output was even higher, reaching 1,076 MW. Total solar energy produced over the course of the day was about 8,500 megawatt hours, enough to serve the total daily electric demand of about 460,000 typical homes in PG&E’s service area.

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Keywords: Energy | California | Energy | PG&E | Solar | Solar Energy Production | pacific gas & electric

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