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Most Utility-Scale, Fixed-Tilt Solar Photovoltaic Systems Are Tilted 20 Degrees To 30 Degrees

January 2nd, 2019 | by U.S. Energy Information Administration

Nearly 40%, or 10.4 gigawatts (GW), of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems operating in the United States at the end of 2017 were fixed-tilt PV systems rather than tracking systems. Of the utility-scale fixed-tilt solar PV systems, 76% of the capacity was installed at a fixed angle between 20 degrees and 30 degrees from the horizon


US Renewable Energy Subsidies Dropping, While Renewable Energy Continues To Grow Fast

May 23rd, 2018 | by U.S. Energy Information Administration

Federal subsidies for renewable energy—including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity—dropped to $6.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, a 56% decline from FY 2013. Renewable subsidies in FY 2010 and FY 2013 were approximately $15 billion, more than double FY 2016 levels, as support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) lessened. Despite the decline, renewable energy continued to receive a large share of total federal energy subsidies, accounting for 46% of the FY 2016 total


Utility-Scale Solar Grew 72% Per Year Between 2010 & 2016

May 18th, 2017 | by U.S. Energy Information Administration

Utility-scale solar installations—including both photovoltaic (PV) and thermal technologies—grew at an average rate of 72% per year between 2010 and 2016, faster than any other generating technologies. Utility-scale solar (plants with a capacity of at least one megawatt) now makes up about 2% of all utility-scale electric generating capacity and 0.9% of utility-scale generation


Almost 30% Of Distributed Solar Capacity Is Owned By Third Parties

December 9th, 2016 | by U.S. Energy Information Administration

Distributed solar capacity in the United States, which includes all solar power capacity other than utility-scale installations 1 MW or larger, totaled 12.3 gigawatts (GW) as of September. About 30% of that amount (3.7 GW) was owned by third-party owners.


The Effects Of The Clean Power Plan

June 24th, 2016 | by U.S. Energy Information Administration

Originally published on EIA. By Laura Martin and Jeffrey Jones The Clean Power Plan (CPP) [1] rule, issued under Section [&hellip



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