Solar Now Third Largest Renewable Source of Electricity in US

By Kenneth Bossing, Renewable Energy World

In April, solar reached a new milestone, providing more than 2.3 percent of U.S. electrical supply, according to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information’s (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, with data through April 30, 2017. Consequently, solar has now moved into third place among renewable sources — behind hydropower and wind but ahead of biomass and geothermal . . . And not coincidentally, as renewables’ share of electrical generation has grown, that of fossil fuels has declined. Electrical generation by fossil fuels (i.e., coal, natural gas, petroleum liquids + petroleum coke) dropped by 5.2 percent during the first third of 2017 compared to 2016. In light of their growth rates in recent years, it was inevitable that renewable sources would eventually overtake nuclear power. The only real surprise is how soon that has happened — years before most analysts ever expected. Read more here.

Photo: Lincoln Electric System’s solar farm, currently Nebraska’s largest utility-scale project.

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