Why Traditional Wind Markets Are Flipping to Solar and Vice Versa

By [email protected] When looking at U.S. renewable energy markets, Texas and California are the leaders in wind and solar, respectively. There are more than 27 gigawatts of wind in Texas, according to the American Wind Energy Association, and 25 gigawatts of solar in California, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

But as we’ve seen wind and solar grow in many markets, we’ve also seen grid integration challenges arise, including record-high penetration levels of individual technologies.

Stories of solar curtailment by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) are well known throughout the industry. When 26 gigawatts of solar are peaking at 4 p.m. on

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