Solar Dominates New US Generating Capacity

From Green Tech Media

By Pete Danko

Big solar’s big year just keeps getting bigger.

The monthly energy infrastructure report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (PDF), which tracks utility-scale projects, shows that through October, 190 solar units totaling 2,528 megawatts in installed capacity had been added in 2013. That’s more than double the 1,257 megawatts for the same period in 2012, and constitutes 21 percent of all new electrical generating capacity this year. Through the first three quarters of last year, solar had accounted for just 7 percent of new capacity additions in the year.

October, in particular, was a huge month for utility-scale solar, with the five projects with capacities in double figures coming on-line: the 280-megawatt Solana Generating Station in Arizona; 139-megawatt Campo Verde Solar project in Imperial County, Calif., a 36-megawatt final phase of the 249-megawatt California Valley Solar Ranch in San Luis Obispo County, Calif.; the 30-megawatt Spectrum Solar project in Clark County, Nev.; and the 10-megawatt Indianapolis International Airport Solar Farm Phase 1.

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