EIA expects 8.2 GW of new PV capacity will be connected in the USA by the end of 2019

The US Energy Information Administration EIA, part of the US Department of Energy, expects 23.7 GW of new capacity additions and 8.3 GW of capacity retirements for the U.S. electric power sector in 2019. The utility-scale capacity additions consist primarily of wind (46 percent), natural gas (34 percent), and solar photovoltaics (18 percent), with the remaining 2 percent consisting primarily of other renewables and battery storage capacity.
Nearly half of the 4.3 GW of utility-scale electric power sector solar photovoltaic PV capacity additions are located in three states: Texas, California, and North Carolina. In addition to the electric power sector, other sectors, such as the residential and commercial sectors, also install solar PV, e.g., distributed PV or rooftop systems. In addition to utility-scale capacity, EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook expects an additional 3.9 GW of small-scale solar PV capacity to enter service by the end of 2019.

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