What is the actual output vs. nameplate for conventional power plants?
Solar production naturally follows the majority of the peak demand curve. When the most demand is on the grid is usually when solar is at it's maximum.
Any article I read anymore loses credibility with me when it uses stats on government subsidy money spent on renewables to try to further drive nails into the coffin. How much help has fossil fuels had from the government through the years? The US government, at least, is still directly supporting oil to keep prices at the pump artificially low. Plus, with all the money spent on purchasing refined oil for transportation fuel, only 25% of the energy is actually used to propel the vehicle.
On my most productive day, my 11.8 kW solar array held its maximum output of 10 kW (inverter-limited) for 3.5 hours (noon-3:30 PM). With solar, it takes clear, direct sunlight to reach maximum power. That is, unfortunately, how they are rated.
Here is the public portal to my system's production. Below "Energy" in the graph view, click the double left arrow to go back day by day from today and see the different production curves. April 24, 2015 was the production day mentioned above.https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/pv/ ... raph/hours