Over the next two years, America will build roughly 13 gigawatts of utility-scale solar PV plants. When up and running, those projects will surpass the country’s cumulative solar capacity across all sectors reached at the end of 2013.
Why such a big surge in utility-scale solar after a brief slowdown in the project pipeline?
The answer is price.
Utilities are now able to consistently buy solar electricity from large plants for between 4.5 cents and 7.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, as shown by GTM Research data below.