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No Hydro? No Problem as California Plans to Run Off Solar

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California, facing the fourth year of an unprecedented drought that’s drying up hydroelectric supplies, has more than enough solar power to make up the difference, the state’s grid operator says.

Demand in the state, which uses more power than Mexico, is expected to reach 47,188 megawatts when rising temperatures in the summer boost air-conditioner use, the California Independent System Operator Corp. said in an assessment on Thursday. While the lowest snowpack in 65 years may shrink hydropower by 2,733 megawatts, the system will have 54,322 megawatts available, largely because of new solar resources.