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Solar Installations in California, as in most states, are classified as Residential, Commercial and Utility Scale. This section provides news related to major Utility Scale developments, with partial coverage of the more significant Commercial developments or collective Residential capacity growth.

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Utility Scale PV Installations

Utility-Scale Solar Surpasses Wind in California for First Time in 2015

Recent analysis from Vaisala, an environmental and industrial measurement company, reveals that in 2015 energy from grid-connected, utility-scale solar plants surpassed wind for the first time in California.

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NAS Lemoore could sign contract for mega-solar farm next month

The U.S. Navy has a goal to develop 1 gigawatt (1,000 MW) of renewable energy by 2020, enough power to light up 700,000 homes. Now it looks like Naval Air Station Lemoore could generate nearly 40 percent of that figure on its own.

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Large Commercial PV Installations

Apple Now Runs On 100% Green Energy, And Here’s How It Got There

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Aquion installs storage for microgrid at California winery and farm

Aquion Energy and Ideal Power have teamed up to provide storage capability to a microgrid that enables a California winery and farm to be energy self-sufficient. The energy storage installation provides the farm and winery the capability for solar self-consumption, peak shaving and load shifting services.

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Solar Thermal Installations

A Huge Solar Plant Caught on Fire, and That’s the Least of Its Problems

Ivanpah, the world’s largest solar plant, is a glittering sea of mirrors, concentrating sunlight into three glowing towers. It is a futuristic vision rising out of the Mojave desert. But from the day the plant opened for business in 2014, critics have said the technology at Ivanpah is outdated and too finicky to maintain.

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Ivanpah plant faced emissions deadline

The operators of a Mojave Desert solar power plant at the center of the Obama administration’s push to reduce carbon emissions faced an unusual task this week. They had to prove to state air quality officials that they were complying with California’s cap-to-trade program to get carbon polluters to reduce their emissions.

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Installations: Other

Study: California could get 74% of power from rooftop solar

Rooftop solar panels could meet three-quarters of California’s electricity needs and about 40 percent of the country’s electricity needs, according to a new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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Patagonia to Fund Rooftop Solar Installations on 1,500 Homes

While many major retailers—including Apple, IKEA and recently Whole Foods—are investing in solar to supply their own businesses with power, Patagonia wants you to have this clean, green renewable energy yourself. The outdoor clothing and gear company is bringing rooftop solar to 1,500 homes in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

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