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Solar overtakes biomass in the US

Large solar capacity expansion the US in recent years has pushed solar energy further ahead in the rankings as a leading renewable source. This is the first time solar panels have produced more power than biomass-fired generators.

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For the first time ever, power production from US solar panels over exceeded that of biomass-fired generators, show new figures from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

In rounded numbers, the aggregated solar capacity, composed of smaller and larger installations, produced 77 million MWh against biomass production at 64 million MWh. This also implies that solar has moved up to be the third-largest renewable energy class in the US, following Hydroelectric at 300 million MWh and wind energy at 254 million MWh.

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