US adds 1.65 GW of wind, 447 MW solar in Jan-May 2015

Wind farm in New Jersey, US. Author: nosha. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.

June 26 (SeeNews) - The US’ wind and solar power generation capacity grew by 1,649 MW and 447 MW, respectively, in January-May 2015 when the country also saw 1,158 MW of natural gas-fired power plants go live.

In May alone, 480 MW of wind farms and just 19 MW of solar parks went online. The 200-MW Los Vientos III wind farm near Rio Grande City in Texas was completed by US utility Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK). EDF Renewable Energy’s 200-MW Longhorn wind farm, again in Texas, reached commercial operation. In addition, the 79-MW Beethoven wind farm in South Dakota is also operational.

Details on the US’ top five power sources, in terms of capacity, are available in the table.

Power plant type Installed capacity Share in total capacity
Natural gas 495.35 GW 42.62%
Coal 312.9 GW 26.92%
Nuclear 106.89 GW 9.20%
Water 100.03 GW 8.61%
Wind 67.66 GW 5.82%
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