2014 Best Year Ever for U.S. Utility-scale Solar

More than 3.7 GW of utility-scale solar power capacity was installed in the United States during 2014, the best year ever for utility-scale solar installation, according to a report by SNL Energy (Charlottesville, VA). The 2014 installations exceeded the capacity of utility-scale solar installed in the United States in 2013 by 10% and brought the total of operating utility-scale solar capacity in the U.S. to 10.6 GW. A total of 109 utility-scale solar project phases were completed during the fourth quarter of 2014 alone, the largest of which was Abengoa SA’s 280 MW Mojave Solar Project near Barstow, California. The second largest project phase to come on line during the fourth quarter of 2014 was the 255 MW fourth phase of the Topaz Solar Farm in California’s San Luis Obispo County. The facility, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and its subsidiary MidAmerican Solar LLC, is now the largest operating solar farm in the world at 567 MW.

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