And Sempra Generation is in the thin-film solar game, with a Nevada-based system and more planned for the desert southwest. The plant in Nevada is rated at 10 MW, small but apparently a proof-of-concept system. The solar modules are manufactured by First Solar Inc. of Tempe, Arizona.
It appears that the 33 percent requirement should mean California must have approximately 16 to 20,000 MW of renewable power by 2020. We have a long way to go.
I did some checking on the 33 percent RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standard), and the AB 32 Scoping Plan shows that this is to remove 21.3 million Tonnes CO2 per year from the skies over California. Presumably, these renewable energy power plants alleviate the need to build and run natural gas-fired combined cycle cogeneration plants. On that basis, the quantity of renewable energy produced must be on the order of 40,000 MW, operating at roughly 6 hours each and every day at the rated capacity. This is the same as a 24 percent capacity factor. We have a REALLY long way to go.
Roger E. Sowell, Esq. aka energyguy on townhall.com
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