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US Will Soon Surpass 10 Gigawatts of Wind a Year, Apex Chief Predicts

U.S. wind installations could top 10 gigawatts a year, even after the federal Production Tax Credit runs out in 2020, a top asset holder said.

“I think that 2020 is probably going to be a gargantuan year for the industry, with folks trying to get their projects done before the end of the 100 percent PTC,” said Mark Goodwin, president and CEO of Apex Clean Energy. “But I think it will continue to be strong, [with] 10+ gigawatts hopefully installed per year.”

The estimate was “seat-of-the-pants,” Goodwin noted, and could go higher or lower depending on government policy. “I think it’s a good mid-range, maybe even low,” he said.

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