New York State Sets Record for One Day Solar Generation
New York State recently set a single-day record for solar generation when it produced 3,300 megawatts of power on May 18, according to a recent press release from the New York State Independent System Operator (NYISO). During the peak energy moment, solar power provided "approximately 20 percent of New York’s electricity demand", the release stated.
“It’s clear that solar energy generation is an important part of New York's energy future. This new record is reflective of growing investments and the innovative design of our markets," said Rich Dewey, President and CEO of NYISO.
The 3,300 megawatts of solar power is a fairly large number in the solar energy field. NYISO says one megawatt is approximately the amount of electricity required to supply 800 to 1,000 homes.
NYISO uses sample data from "thousands of solar installations throughout the state" to determine solar generation.