Congratulate California for Powering 6 Million Homes with Solar Energy

Target: Edward Ortiz, California Energy Commission

Goal: Congratulate California on breaking solar energy record and encourage further development of long-term renewable infrastructure.

Long one of the leading states in developing renewable energy sources, the strength of renewable energy sources in California was demonstrated recently when solar energy broke new records for solar power generation. Recently, California showed its progress once again when its solar arrays briefly generated enough power for approximately 6 million households, nearly half of the state. The state is consistently generating twice as much electricity from solar energy as it was just two years ago, and the California Energy Commission received the State Leadership in Clean Energy Award for its progress.

However, it’s not all sunny news from this point on. Most of the nation still relies heavily on fossil fuel energy, and California as well is dependent on fossil fuel sources for consistent energy through the night and cloudy days. New infrastructure to fully apply renewable energy is still being built, and on very sunny days solar panels are actually forced to shut down and stop generating energy for fear of overloading the power grids.

This is good news in the long run. We’re on our way, now for the first time in history occasionally generating more renewable energy than we can use. We need to make further progress as well and cannot stop now, content with the achievements made. Sign the petition below to congratulate California on its progress and to encourage further development in the near future as well.


Dear Mr. Ortiz,

California’s recent summer peaks in renewable energy generation from solar farms and home solar panels demonstrated the huge progress the Golden State has made toward a long term economy powered by sustainable energy. Enough energy was generated by solar panels to power 6 million households, if only briefly. While this certainly isn’t the end, it demonstrated the huge progress made very recently; twice as much electricity in California came from the sun as did merely two years ago.

I am writing to congratulate the state and the California Energy Commission for its progress toward powering all of California sustainably, but also to encourage further development of infrastructure to allow an energy grid powered by primarily or even entirely renewable resources. Whether that will be accomplished by batteries, more efficient power transfer methods, more varied energy sources or otherwise isn’t yet clear, but will become clear as research efforts continue.

We thank you for leading the nation in renewable energy and ask that you continue to cleanly power millions more households and serve as an example for the rest of the nation that they may do the same.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Angela Rabon says:

    I wonder why they do not sell their extra power on those sunny days instead of shutting down. That is what one country overseas did when they produced enough solar energy for themselves, they sold the solar overage.

    • Matt Winkler says:

      Well they do as much as they can, but after some point the grid just isn’t built to handle that much more, the wires can only carry so much electricity. Unfortunately it’s very easy to turn off solar panels and very costly to turn off coal plants, thus coal stays on and solar goes off when there’s too much.


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