June 14 (Renewables Now) - Wind and solar power in the US in March for the first time surpassed 10% of the total electricity generation, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The agency expects figures for April to also show a wind-and-solar share of above 10%, while in the summer months it will be below that level.
In the whole of 2016, wind farms and small and large solar power plants accounted for 7% of the US’ total power generation. Texas, the leading wind energy state, contributed significantly to that result. Iowa, meanwhile, was the state with the highest wind-and-solar share, reaching 37% last year.
Six more states produced 20% or more of their power from wind and solar farms. The top 12 list of states by wind and solar generation in 2016 is in the table, as given by the EIA.
In almost all of these states, wind makes up a greater share of the state’s electricity generation than solar, with California and Arizona being the exception.