With 287 megawatts of solar leading the way, renewables comprised virtually all the new utility-scale generating capacity installed in the United States in January.
Utility-scale solar installations grew nearly 50 percent in 2013, making up 21 percent of total capacity additions.
In October, 72.1 percent of all the new utility-scale electrical generating capacity in the U.S. was solar power.
July was a pretty slow month for big new renewable energy capacity additions, but a 40-megawatt biomass system did go online at a George paperboard mill.
Midyear data on new U.S. utility-scale electricity generating capacity shows wind in a big slowdown and fossil fuels dominating.
Solar’s proportion of new generating capacity plunged in April. But don’t worry. Everything is OK.
Much was made of the fact that solar accounted for 100 percent of the new utility-scale power on the U.S. grid in March, but it actually meant little.
Wind (300) and solar (133) accounted for all 433 megawatts of new electrical generating capacity installed in the U.S. in September.
Federal regulators rule that an Idaho utility must honor its long-term agreements and buy wind power even when demand is low and other, cheaper options are available.
Ocean Power Technologies’ planned 10-device, 1.5-megawatt Oregon wave power project has been granted a 35-year license by federal regulators.