Solar panels, Butte College
SACRAMENTO, CA - California energy officials say solar power is hot and getting hotter.
The state twice hit major milestones recently when, for the first time, more than 1,000 megawatts of solar power energy were fed into the state's energy grid during recent heat waves.
California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey says he expects this milestone to be the first of many for solar power.
"It has been way behind up until the last few years. Now it is coming on like gangbusters as you would say very, very fast. By the end of the decade, the most dominant renewable energy source will be solar," Peevey predicted."
The state's goal is to harness one-third of its energy from renewables by the year 2020."