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    Solar power is #1: Solar is 31% of new generation, 48% of new capacity for 2016 in the US

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    Solar power took the lead in new capacity additions for 2016 with greater than 9.5GW of utility scale plus 4.5GW of distributed installations. Natural gas installed 8.0GW of capacity, and wind installed 6.8GW. When accounting for capacity factor (amount of time the hardware is actually pushing electrons onto the grid), solar power is 31% of new electricity, natural gas 41% and wind 20%. Solar almost doubled from 7.3GW in 2015, finishing third for overall US utility capacity additions. moreā€¦

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