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US utility-scale solar: will policy power a rebound?

Supply chain delays have pushed near-term projects – policy reform could be key in delivering delayed capacity

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Despite trade uncertainty and supply chain constraints, the US utility-scale solar segment continued its growing trend in Q4 2021. With 5.9 GW of capacity installed, the total 2021 buildout reached 17 GW.

Our latest US utility-scale solar PV market update shows that total forecasted buildout is expected to reach 172 GW by 2027 – if the climate provisions in the Build Back Better Act are passed later this year.

In this video, Research Associate Matthew Sahd and Sylvia Leyva Martinez, Senior Analyst, North America Utility-Scale Solar share a few highlights from the report. This includes: 

  • Factors driving utility-scale solar development in the US
  • Headwinds leading to delayed capacity
  • How these headwinds are affecting the forecast – and how policy changes could change the picture.

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US utility-scale solar market update – Q1 2022

About the US utility-scale solar PV market update

Each quarter, our team of US solar analysts highlights trends in US utility solar market dynamics, including the utility PV project pipeline, procurement trends, project developer rankings and landscape, policy and demand drivers across all 50 states, recent RFPs and PPA price trends and regional and state breakdowns. The analysis also includes a five-year forecast of utility solar. Visit the store to access the full report.