National renewable electricity generation hits peak levels

Renewable electricity generation has surpassed levels from previous years in every month in 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The report focused on wind, geothermal, biomass and solar. The three Pacific Coast states (California, Oregon and Washington) contain 50 percent of total U.S. conventional hydro capacity, according to the EIA.

Some of the reasons for the uptick included: the costs of solar and wind facilities declining in recent years; policy-based incentives; and tax credits. The Solar Investment Tax Credit is a 30 percent tax credit you can earn in the year that your solar panels are installed. It has been in place for several years and was set to expire in January 2016. In December 2015, the bill was extended, now with a gradual stepdown in future years.

California is a leader in the solar movement. Solar power production in California hit 8,030 megawatts on July 12, setting a new record and is nearly double the amount of solar energy produced in California in mid 2014. California leads all states interconnecting renewable resources with total clean capacity about 18,718 megawatts – solar resources make up close to 8,600 of those megawatts.

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