SolarCity Hits Record 4GWh/Day Energy Generation

Barely one year after breaking previous solar energy generation records, SolarCity is again hitting new highs. Recently exceeding 4GWh of solar electricity produced in one day, SolarCity is triumphant. “The best part?” asks SolarCity, “Our customers didn’t have to burn anything, use a drop of water, or emit an ounce of carbon dioxide to produce this power. This is what the future looks like.”

screenshot from homepage gallery © solarcity
Screenshot from homepage gallery © SolarCity

4GWh is the same as 4,000 megawatt-hours (MWh), or 4,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh). SolarCity reports that the average U.S. home uses around 12,069 kWh of electricity per year. This works out to an average of 33 kWh per day. Now put that 33 kWh on a graph beside 4 million kWh in one day, and you can really feel the triumph beaming from SolarCity headquarters these days.

SolarCity – “Transforming the Way Americans Use Energy”

Founded in 2006, SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) has tens of thousands of customers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Washington D.C. “Transforming the way Americans use energy,” SolarCity lives up to its motto, currently providing “one out of every four new solar electricity systems nationwide.”

Revolutionizing utility choices across the nation, SolarCity has grown to become America’s largest solar energy provider. Offering clean, renewable energy to homeowners, businesses, schools, non-profits, and government organizations, SolarCity makes the transition simple for its customers, guaranteeing the electricity production of its solar energy systems. Installing systems to the highest engineering standards, customers receive a cleaner, more affordable alternative to burning fossil fuels, such as natural gas, coal, or oil.

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SolarCity truck. © Mike Mozart, Flickr

With one of the most experienced clean energy project design and installation teams in the world, SolarCity performs the entire process, from permitting through installation. A SolarCity website statement points out, “We are the only company that offers integrated sales, financing, design, installation, monitoring and efficiency services from a single source, without requiring the services of multiple third-parties.” Project management and performance monitoring systems scale to support millions of users, according to SolarCity, and provide customers with a real-time view of their net energy consumption, as well as their carbon footprint.

Coming to a Wal-Mart Near You

Along with tens of thousands of homeowners, SolarCity also has commercial solar energy systems installed on more than 400 schools, including Stanford University. Government agencies are among the company’s clients as well, such as the U.S. Armed Forces, and Department of Homeland Security. Well-known corporate clients include eBay, HP, Intel, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

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Screenshot of Wal-Mart project from SolarCity.com

SolarCity has 190 Wal-Mart stores already installed or underway in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Ohio, Oregon, and New York. Website statements report that the solar energy systems are saving from 5-30 percent of each store’s electricity costs, and are responsible for an annual reduction of 106,244,231 pounds of CO2.

SolarCity Records in the Making

SolarCity’s stated mission is to “accelerate the mass adoption of clean energy.” With 4GWh of solar energy generation a day, this is clearly already happening. Now the next record SolarCity is aiming to hit is its one millionth customer. And with the recent news that SolarCity has teamed up with DIRECTV, as well as with Google, this record is clearly already in the making, too.

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4GWh Day Solar Energy Generation. Screenshot from SolarCity.com

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Aisha Abdelhamid is a freelance lifestyle and environmental science writer currently living in Vancouver, BC. Her interests include environmental conservation, climate science, renewable energy, faith-based environmental activism, green building, creative lifestyles, and healthy living.