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All capacity brought online in August was powered by solar or wind

Solar and wind powered all of the new power plants thatbegan operations in August.

A total 20 projects with a combined capacity of 463 MW wereadded in August, with 55% of the capacity coming from solar projects and 45% comingfrom wind-powered generators. No new projects were announced in the month.

Completed Projects

A single 200-MW wind project being brought online in the TexasReliability Entity put that region on the top of the charts with the most newcapacity. Meanwhile a total of 132 MW of solar capacity was added in theWestern Electricity Coordinating Council region and 103 MW of solar were addedin the SERC Reliability Corporation region.

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The largest project completed was the 200-MW in StarrCounty, Texas. The plant has Vestas Wind Systems A/S' V110-2.0 wind turbinesinstalled and a power purchase agreement, or PPA, with to provide the entiretyof its capacity for 25 years. Los Vientos 4 is the of 's LosVientos wind power projects in Texas.

The second-largest unit completed in the month was the 77-MWWhite Oak Solar PV WHTOK unit at the White Oak Solar project. This Burke County, Ga., powerplant will sell power to GeorgiaPower Co. for the next 30 years.

The next three largest units are at the 100-MW power plant inKings County, Calif. The plant, which is ultimately owned by Canadian Solar Inc, has two PPAs in place. One PPA iswith Marin Clean tosell 30 MW for 20 years and the other agreement is to sell the remainingcapacity to Sonoma CleanPower. The PPA with Marin Clean Energy is expected to begin inJanuary 2018.

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