Originally posted on Gigaom:
California has been ground zero for solar development in the U.S., and we’ve chronicled many mega projects – particularly those with federal funding – that are set to materialize in rural counties and deserts and stretch the length of several football fields. However, solar energy still accounts for only a tiny amount of the state’s renewable energy mix today. But that picture will change dramatically in less than a decade.
California requires utilities to get 33 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2020. Lawmakers set the mandate in 2002, and they tinkered with it a few times since then. Regulators and renewable energy advocates expect the state to set even higher requirement beyond 2020. Projects that use photovoltaic (PV) panels only started competing for contracts with utilities in 2007, according to a state report. Yet PV is set to dominate by 2020, at least for the…
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