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There’s a Mind-Bending Amount of Solar in the US Pipeline

And there’s a lot of battery capacity too. 

Solar panels in the Mojave Desert near Primm, Nevada.

Solar panels in the Mojave Desert near Primm, Nevada.

Photographer: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg

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At the end of 2021, the US had 1,144 gigawatts of utility-scale electricity generation capacity. That includes everything from 130-year-old hydro dams to brand-new wind farms and solar projects with batteries attached. It took over a century to install all of it, and today, companies want to build almost that much capacity, all over again.