State-by-state: the largest solar markets
The Solar Energy Industries Association released its annual review regarding solar installations in the US, ranking each state by its solar capacity.
The top five states in the report remain the same, with California, North Carolina, Arizona, Nevada, and New Jersey holding their positions respectively in terms of total capacity.
California has almost five times as much solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity as its runner up, at a total of 19.8GW.
California also holds the top position for most installed in 2017, again followed by North Carolina.
However, the third place was granted to Florida, moving it up from position nine in 2016.
Texas follows, moving two places up from the year before, with Massachusetts moving to fifth position from eighth in 2016.
South Carolina was the highest moving state, jumping from 27th position to 18th in regards to total capacity, and 20th to eighth for total installed last year.
The report notes the change in location of solar PV growth, spreading from anticipated markets to America’s Southeast and Midwest.
The markets outside of the ranked top 10 2017 installed capacity accounted for 21% of newly installed solar PV, rising 5% from 2016’s 16%.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.