Solar Energy Dominates Utility Sector in California


Published Date : May 11, 2016

Growing concerns about greenhouse emission have led to the increasing demand for clean and sustainable power sources. Wind energy is ideal for environment-friendly power generation. Lightweight composite materials help to harness wind energy with high efficiency. As a result, there is a growing demand for wind turbine composite materials. The global wind industry is shifting towards larger turbines with longer blades. As larger blades are capable of producing more energy, they are helpful in keeping down the costs. Composite materials offer higher reliability and stability and hence, are of great importance in the manufacturing of parts of wind turbine, especially rotor blades. The technology to manufacture rotor blades has significantly evolved in the last 20 years. Focus has been shifted to reduce cycle time, thereby reducing cost and probability of defects. New wind turbine composite materials are being studied to generate cost-effective wind energy.
 
California Witnesses Utility-Scale Solar Energy Surpassing Wind Energy

Though the growing demand for wind energy will boost the global wind turbine composite materials market, the rising contribution of solar energy in electricity generation might affect the growth of the overall market. For example, in California, there was a shift to utility-scale solar energy power in 2015. This year, experts are pointing out that utility-scale solar energy has surpassed wind energy for the very first time. According to data released by the California Independent Systems Operations, utility-scale solar energy accounted for 6.7% of the overall electricity generation in the state in 2015 whereas utility-scale wind energy held 5.3% of the total electricity generation in the same year. Since 2011, utility-scale solar energy has expanded 15 times. In terms of solar PV installations, California is the leading state in the U.S. and dominates the solar landscape of the country.