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U.S. wind, solar and battery storage capacity boomed during first quarter

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):

Following record capacity additions in 2020, U.S. developers of large-scale wind farms, solar plants and battery stations started 2021 with a bang, bringing online a combined 3,859 MW in the first quarter, 10% more than in the same period a year ago, according to a new report underscoring the country’s accelerating clean energy transition.

The new capacity added in the first three months of 2021 pushed U.S. cumulative wind, solar and battery storage capacity over 173,000 MW, twice as much as just five years ago and enough to power more than 50 million U.S. homes, the American Clean Power Association, or ACP, said in a May 13 report.

Texas added the most new capacity in the first quarter, with 791 MW, followed by Oklahoma with 555 MW, California with 519 MW, South Dakota with 462 MW and North Dakota with 299 MW.

Meanwhile, more than 84,000 MW of renewable energy and energy storage capacity is moving toward the finish line, with 37,719 MW under construction and 47,731 MW in advanced development, according to the Washington, D.C.-based trade group.

[Garrett Hering]

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