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U.S. set to smash solar power records this year

Lucas Mearian | March 15, 2016
Solar exceeded natural gas for new energy installations for the first time.

The U.S. deployed 112MW of energy storage capacity in the fourth quarter of 2015, bringing the annual total to 221MW. That represents 161MW hours (MWh) of power for the year.

The 112MW deployed in the fourth quarter 2015 was higher than all storage deployments in 2013 and 2014 combined. Propelled by the historic quarter, the U.S. energy storage market grew 243% over 2014's 65MW.

Energy storage deployments. Click on image to enlarge. Credit: 
GTM Research

"Energy storage is changing the paradigm on how we generate, distribute and use energy," said Matt Roberts, Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association (ESA). "With exponential growth predicted over the next couple of years, energy storage solutions will deliver smarter, more dynamic energy services, address peak demand challenges and enable the expanded use of renewable generation like wind and solar.

"The net result will be a more resilient and flexible grid infrastructure that benefits American businesses and consumers," Roberts added.


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