(Bloomberg) — North American utilities and organizations
seeking to add clean energy last year overwhelmingly preferred
solar and power-storage projects, according to Bloomberg New
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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