(Bloomberg) — North American utilities and organizations seeking to add clean energy last year overwhelmingly preferred solar and power-storage projects, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Of 52 requests for proposals, or RFPs, that totaled 3.3 gigawatts of capacity, 27 were for solar and 12 were for energy-smart technologies including storage, according to a report from the London-based research firm. These requests are typically a strong indicator of industry trends, said Will Nelson, BNEF’s head of analysis.
“Utilities are targeting solar, especially in the West,” Nelson said Thursday by e-mail. Last year “was an up year for the utility-scale solar industry.”
Western states issued 18 requests, including seven from three large utilities in California, totaling more than 1 gigawatt of mostly solar capacity, according to the report. Companies in the Southeast sought 900 megawatts of solar in efforts led by Southern Co. and Duke Energy Corp. Madison, Wisconsin-based Alliant Energy Corp. issued the single largest request, for 600 megawatts of wind power.
Ten RFPs have been issued so far in 2015.
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