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Renewables bring 72% of new global power capacity in 2019

Source: IRENA (irena.org).

April 6 (Renewables Now) - The world installed 176 GW of renewable power capacity in 2019, 90% of which came from solar and wind farms, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said today.

The share of renewables in net power generation capacity additions was 72% globally. The only regions in which that share was below 70% were Africa and the Middle East. There, renewables projects represented 52% and 26%, respectively, of net new capacity.

The 2019 renewable capacity additions were slightly below the 2018 total of 179 GW. The table contains details by technology and top markets.

Technology Installations in 2019 Top markets
Solar 98 GW Asia (56 GW), US, Australia, Spain, Ukraine, Germany
Wind 60 GW China (26 GW), US (9 GW)
Hydro 12 GW China, Brazil
Bioenergy 6 GW China (3.3 GW), Germany, Italy, Japan, Turkey
Geothermal 0.7 GW Turkey (232 MW), Indonesia (185 MW), Kenya (160 MW)

Last year, the total renewable power growth outpaced fossil fuel growth by a factor of 2.6, IRENA calculates. Asia, the Middle East and Africa recorded net growth in non-renewable capacity additions, while Europe and North America decomissioned more than they added. 

“At this challenging time, we are reminded of the importance of building resilience into our economies. In what must be the decade of action, enabling policies are needed to increase investments and accelerate renewables adoption,” said IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera.

Renewables accounted for 34.7% of installed global power capacity at the end of 2019, up from a share of 33.3% in 2018.

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