California’s electrical grid can’t handle all the solar energy the state is producing

California is paying neighboring states like Arizona to take surplus solar energy to avoid overloading its electrical grid.

The state leads the United States in solar production, and for a brief period on March 11, California pulled nearly 40 percent of its electricity from the sun.

Experts fear that if California doesn’t have a clear policy to manage all the renewables being added to the grid, then they might have to keep paying other states to use the excess power.

A good solution being investigated is to store solar energy for use when the sun isn’t out.


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