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%|