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New U.S. utility-scale solar climbs 38% over first nine months of 2020

PV Tech:

The first nine months of 2021 saw US utility-scale solar additions reach 8,410MW, a 38% increase on the same time last year, according to an analysis of new government data by research organisation Sun Day Campaign.

The jump in deployment meant solar led additions, representing 44% of the total 19,022MW utility-scale generation capacity installed in the country between January and September, followed closely by wind, with 8,188MW deployed.

Renewables accounted for nearly 88% of new capacity added during the nine months, up from 64% during the same period last year, data from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) showed.

Solar and wind represented all of the 915MW of capacity additions in September 2021, when PV projects such as the 227MWac Muscle Shoals plant in Alabama were connected to the grid.

The latest additions mean solar represents more than 5% of the US’s installed utility-scale generating capacity, up from 0.14% in September 2011.

[Jules Scully]

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