U.S. added 33 MW of new solar in April

17. May 2013 | Applications & Installations, Global PV markets | By:  Max Hall

17 MW Yuma project the pick of nine new and expanded solar installations as U.S. reaches a cumulative 5.14 GW of generation capacity.

Yuma County.

Yuma County, Arizona was the location of the biggest solar scheme to go online in the U.S. in April.

The 17 MW Foothills Solar Power Plant being developed by the Arizona Public Services Co. in Yuma, Arizona accounted for more than half of the new solar capacity added in the States last month.

Yuma, which expects to add an 18 MW second phase by the end of the year, was the largest project announced in the April edition of the U.S. Energy Department's infrastructure update.

SolarVision LLC connected the 5 MW Celina Solar project I in Mercer County, Ohio which will supply 8% of the city of Celina's electricity requirements.

Light Beam Energy Inc. went online with two projects totalling 4.2 MW in Butte County, California. Light Beam's 1.7 MW Gridley Main One Solar scheme will supply power to the city of Gridley and the 2.5 MW Main Two project will sell energy to San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit.

Warsaw Solar 2 LLC connected the 2 MW Warsaw Solar 2 project in Duplin County, North Carolina, which will sell energy to Progress Energy Carolinas and Hannon Strong Solar LLC added 1.4 MW with its Fort Bliss Solar project to power US Army Fort Bliss in El Paso County, Texas to round off the new build generation schemes totalling 29.6 MW.

The remaining 3.4 MW was supplied by three expanded projects for which no details were announced.

The infrastructure update also mentions Apple Data Centers expects to connect a 20 MW facility as Phase 4 of its project at Matawba County, North Carolina next month.

The 56 projects installed since the start of the year add up to 845 MW of new solar, compared to the 348 MW added in 94 projects over the same period last year.

The 5.14 GW of solar generating capacity in the U.S. makes up 0.44% of the country's total energy generation.

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