More rooftop solar needed as heat and drought threatens California’s electric grid

Soaring temperatures above 100 degrees that causes blackouts in California shows the need for more rooftop solar

SAN FRANCISCO – Temperatures are soaring in much of central California – above 100 degrees in places – and the resulting higher demand on the electricity grid could cause blackouts.

More clean solar power could help avoid this outcome.

The scorching heat wave could continue at least until Friday, according to the National Weather Service. To reduce the risk of blackouts, the California Independent System Operator, or CAISO, which manages the state’s power supply, is urging utilities to suspend any maintenance projects between noon and 10 p.m. every day until temperatures drop.

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Source: ewg

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