US adds 2.17 GW of large wind, solar power in Q1

The solar park at NSA Mid-South in Tennessee. Photo Courtesy of Silicon Ranch

May 8 (Renewables Now) - The US’ power generation capacity from large solar parks and wind farms grew by 2.17 GW in the first quarter of 2019 and exceeded 136 GW in total.

Capacity additions in the period also included 1.48 GW of natural gas-fired power. The following table contains more information about the current capacity of the main energy sources in the US and proposed additions and retirements by April 2022, as released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in its latest monthly report.(

(capacity in MW) Q1 2019 additions Q1 2018 additions Total capacity High probability additions by April 2022 Retirements by April 2022
Coal 0 0 259,050 17 14,641
Natural gas 1,482 987 529,220 30,475 10,171
Nuclear 0 30 107,980 4,800 9,052
Solar 1,155 1,579 38,100 12,927 0
Wind 1,011 1,789 98,170 25,105 239
Water 29 18 100,440 942 527

The full FERC report is available at

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