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World News16.02.2024

Solar + battery storage will make up 81% of new US electric generating capacity in 2024

QAZAQ GREEN. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports today that 62.8 gigawatts (GW) of new utility-scale electric generating capacity is coming online in 2024 – here’s how it breaks down, Electrek reports.

Let’s talk solar first. The EIA expects a record addition of utility-scale solar in 2024 if the scheduled 36.4 GW come online. That would nearly double 2023’s 18.4 GW increase, already a record setter for annual US utility-scale solar installation. Supply chain challenges and trade restrictions are easing, so solar continues – and will continue – to outpace capacity additions from other sources.

More than half of new utility-scale solar capacity is planned for just three states: Texas (35%), California (10%), and Florida (6%). The 690 MW Gemini solar facility in Nevada, with battery storage of 380 MW, is also expected to go live in 2024 – and it will then become the US’s largest solar farm.

Second up is battery storage, which is growing at breakneck speed. As I covered at the beginning of January, the EIA expects battery storage capacity to nearly double in 2024 – another record-setting year.

Developers are expected to add 14.3 GW of battery storage in 2024 to the existing 15.5 GW. In 2023, 6.4 GW of new battery storage capacity was added to the grid, a 70% annual increase.

As for wind power, 8.2 GW is scheduled to come online in 2024. Wind capacity additions have slowed in the last couple of years following the record additions of more than 14 GW in both 2020 and 2021. This year will see the 800 MW Vineyard Wind 1 off Massachusetts and the 130 MW South Fork Wind off New York come fully online this year, putting the US on the map for utility-scale wind power for the first time ever.

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