US switches on 6.29 GW of wind, solar in 7-mo 2017

Wind and solar power plant in the US. Featured Image: welcomia/Shutterstock.com

Sep 13 (Renewables Now) - The US has added about 6,288 MW of large-scale wind and solar parks in the first seven months of 2017, according to the latest statistics released today by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

In January-July 2017, the country has put online 3,942 MW of wind and 2,346 MW of solar power plants. Just in the month of July, the US has added 94 MW of solar and 5 MW of biomass capacity, without plugging in any wind farms, the data shows.

Fuel type New in 7-mo 2017 New in 7-mo 2016 Total at end-July 2017
Wind 3,942 2,244 85,700
Solar 2,346 2,617 27,490
Biomass 206 50 16,830
Water 13 429 100,710
Natural gas 10,730 7,370 516,870
Nuclear 102 0 108,160
Coal 0 45 284,620
Oil 14 12 43,640

The FERC report for July 2017 is available at: https://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2017/july-energy-infrastructure.pdf

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