Connecticut Ranks in Wind and Solar Power Generation


Connecticut ranks fifth in solar power generated per square mile.

CONNECTICUT, USA – A new report from Climate Central, WeatherPower Year in Review, analyzes where the most wind and solar power was generated in the United States in 2021.

The lower 48 states generated approximately 606,000 GWh of wind and solar electricity in 2021, or up to 16% of the electricity consumed.

Of this, wind accounted for more than 70% of the total; however, in Connecticut, wind power lags behind solar.

Not surprisingly, larger states are responsible for producing more renewable energy, with California leading in solar and Texas leading in wind.

Rankings can be adjusted based on the geographic size of each state, and that’s what we’ll consider for Connecticut.

Connecticut ranks fifth in solar power generated per square mile. In 2021, the peak production day was June 17, and Hartford County produced the most solar power.

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The ranking for the wind was not so bright; Connecticut ranks 36 in MWh per square mile. The day of peak production was January 24, and Litchfield County produced the most wind power.

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In most other states, wind power generation is highest in the spring and fall.

Despite strong growth in wind and solar, faster production rates are needed by 2030 to meet U.S. energy goals, according to Climate Central.

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If you’re wondering how much wind or solar power we produce today, check out this WeatherPower forecast tool on the Climate Central website.

Ryan Breton is a meteorologist at FOX61 News. He can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

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