May 23 (Reuters) – New York state’s power grid met about 20% of its electricity demand with energy from the sun for one hour last week, marking the highest ever output from solar generation, the grid operator said on Tuesday.
A record-setting 3,330 megawatts (MW) of solar power was produced during the noon hour on May 18, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) said.
That amount of power could provide electricity to between 2.7 million and 3.3 million homes, with the peak load on May 18 logging at 16,166 MW, the NYISO said.
Behind-the-meter solar resources accounted for 3,200 MW of the power generated, while front-of-the-meter resources made up 130 MW, the NYISO added.
“New York is one of the most robust solar markets in the U.S. with programs such as NY-Sun driving significant growth across the state,” said Doreen Harris, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
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