EIA: THE US IS EXPECTED TO ADD 13.6GW OF SOLARS IN THE SECOND HALF OF 2022
Energy developers and project planners expect the U.S. to add 29.4 GW of electricity generation in the second half of 2022, nearly double the 15.1 GW added in the first half of the year, according to a recent survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). times.
About half of the new installed capacity planned for the second half of this year will come from solar systems, which are expected to add 13.6GW, by wind power, which is expected to add 6GW.
In the first half of this year, wind power accounted for the highest proportion of new installed capacity of 15.1GW, reaching 5.2GW (34%), by natural gas power generation, solar power generation and battery storage systems.
The forecast for new installed capacity of PV systems has dropped from 21.5GW in early 2022 to 17.8GW now. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted: "COVID-19-related challenges in the supply chain and the U.S. Commerce Department's tariff investigation may have contributed to this decline."
In addition, the U.S. PV industry is facing new supply disruptions, as several foreign PV panel suppliers have had their PV modules withheld or returned over the past few weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported on Aug. 9.
Despite these challenges, renewable power generation leads the U.S. capacity addition plan for 2022. The Reducing Inflation Act is expected to incentivize the development of renewable and other clean energy sources in the United States through new and updated tax incentives.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects 44.4GW of utility-scale generation capacity to come online this year, led by solars (17.8GW), by wind (11.2GW), natural gas (9.2GW) and Battery energy storage system (6.2GW).
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted that “as in previous years, many projects are scheduled to come online in December due to tax incentives.”
The largest renewable energy projects coming online in the first half of 2022 include the 999MW Traverse wind project in Oklahoma, the 492MW MaverickCree wind project in Texas, and the 440MW solar storage project in Slate Hybrid, California.
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