With the completion of 845 new wind turbines across five states, more than 1600 megawatts (MW) of newly-installed wind capacity came online during the second quarter of 2015, with 13,600 MW of new wind capacity currently under construction; this according to a report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) yesterday.
Texas saw the greatest increase in wind capacity in the second quarter with 1,126 MW of new capacity, outpacing second-place Oklahoma by more than eight fold. California, Illinois, and South Dakota round out the list of states that saw the addition of new capacity in the quarter.
In the first half of 2015, 1,994 MW of wind capacity were installed across the country, more than doubling the amount installed during the same period last year. The U.S. now has an installed wind capacity of 67,870 MW and more than 49,000 turbines.
The report also notes new power purchase agreements (PPA) totaling 800 MW in the second quarter.