US adds 584 MW of solar in first quarter, reaches 8.67 GW in March

22. April 2014 | Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends | By:  Edgar Meza

Solar accounted for more than 50% of new capacity installed between January and March. The number of new grid-connected plants reached 47 in the period, down from 66 a year ago.

Strata Solar, Warehouse Farm, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

North Carolina accounted for a significant share of the U.S.' new solar capacity in the first quarter.

The United States added 584 MW of installed large-scale solar capacity in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects Energy Infrastructure (OEP).

The U.S. installed 584 MW of new solar capacity in the first quarter of the year, down from 877 MW in the first three months of 2013. The number of new installations connected to the grid fell from 66 a year ago to 47 in the period. Of the total 1,150 MW of new capacity installed between January and March this year, solar accounted for the highest share with 584 MW, followed by wind with 427 MW, natural gas (90 MW) and geothermal steam (30 MW).

In March alone, the U.S. connected nine new large-scale solar plants to the grid with an installed capacity of 151 MW. Total installed operating solar generating capacity reached 8.67 GW last month.

New solar power plants to go online in March included:

  • Daniel Farm LLC's 5 MW Daniel Farm Solar project in Davie County, North Carolina (with power generated sold to Duke Energy Carolinas under a long-term contract
  • Strata Solar LLC’s 5 MW Roxboro Solar project in Person County, North Carolina (with power generated sold to Progress Energy Carolinas under a long-term contract)
  • Ignite Solar Holdings 1 LLC’s 6 MW PSEG Shasta Solar Farm project in Shasta County, California (with power generated sold to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. under a long-term contract)
  • OCI Solar Power’s 4 MW Alamo II Solar project in Bexar County, Texas (with power generated sold to CPS Energy under a long-term contract)
  • Genesis Solar LLS’s 125 MW Genesis Solar Energy Project Phase 2 in Riverside County, California (with power generated sold to Pacific Gas & Electric under a long-term contract)
  • Winchendon Solar LLS’s 2 MW Winchendon Solar project in Worcester County, Massachusetts (with power generated serving the electric demand of the town of Winchendon)

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