May 3 (Renewables Now) - The US’s large-scale wind and solar power generation capacity grew by 3.15 GW in the first quarter (Q1) of 2018, with these two sources bringing 93.7% of all capacity additions.
Wind was the leader in terms of new generation in service with 1.8 GW, while solar followed with 1.36 GW, according to figures by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). One of the big projects to go online in the period was the 200-MW Logans Gap wind farm in Texas. Florida Power & Light, meanwhile, put in operation four solar power plants of 74.5 MW each in its home state.
Overall, Q1 power capacity additions in US more than halved to 3.36 GW in 2018 from 6.96 a year earlier. Details on new and cumulative capacity across the main sources of energy in the US, as well as proposed additions and retirements by April 2021, can be seen in the table.
|All in MW||Q1 2018||Q1 2017||Cumulative||Additions by Apr 2021||Retirements by Apr 2021|
The full FERC report is available at https://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2018/mar-energy-infrastructure.pdf.