Over 3.4 GW of large solar parks go live across US

Ecoplexus' solar parks in North Carolina. (PRNewsFoto/Ecoplexus)

November 3 (SeeNews) - The US’ large-scale solar power generation capacity in operation grew by 3,440 MW in the first nine months of 2016 across 225 projects, while wind farms added the more modest 2,661 MW.

Solar additions in the period more than doubled from 1,552 MW a year ago, according to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) report. In September alone, 601 MW of large solar came online, including RE Tranquility LLC’s 205.3-MW park in Fresno, California and the 155-MW Springbok 2 solar farm in Kern.

Details on new additions and total capacity by source, as given by the FERC, are available in the table. All capacity is in megawatts (MW).

Fuel type New, 9-mo 2016 New, 9-mo 2015 Total, Sep 2016
Wind 2,661 4,136 76,660
Solar 3,440 1,552 19,390
Water 228 158 100,350
Biomass 54 267 16,640
Geothermal 0 64 3,880
Natural gas 7,371 5,403 510,260
Coal 45 6 293,730
Oil 12 21 44,980

The FERC energy infrastructure report is available at: https://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2016/sep-energy-infrastructure.pdf.

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