The United States (US) plans to build a new power plant in 2021 with a capacity of 40 GW. This power plant will mostly be dominated by solar and wind, accounting for more than 70% of the whole power plant. This power plant will be commercially operational later in 2021.
More than half of the PV capacity will be spread into four states, Texas (28%), Nevada (9%), California (9%), and North Carolina (7%). The total PV capacity of the installation will amount to 15.5GW, or %39 of the total capacity of the power plant.
Wind will also account for 12.2GW (31%) natural gas 6.6GW (16%); utility-scale battery storage, 4.3GW (11%); nuclear 1.1GW (3%), and other 0.2GW (0.1%). Also, Texas and Oklahoma will account for more than half of the wind capacity according to the EIA, the statistics arm of the US Department of Energy. Texas will also remain the largest wind market in the western hemisphere with more than 30 GW installed.
Utility-scale battery installations will also quadruple as compared to last year to keep up with the rapid growth of renewables. The largest solar-powered battery (409MW) in the world is under construction in Florida, United States, and will be operational in 2021.
United States solar installations in the third quarter have increased by 46% to 3.8 GW to reach 88.9 GW of total installed capacity according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
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