Renewables Account for Almost Three Quarters of New Capacity in 2019

The renewable energy sector added 176 GW of generating capacity globally in 2019, which is marginally lower than 179 GW added in the previous year.

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According to data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), new renewable power accounted for 72 per cent of all power expansion last year.

IRENA’s Renewable Capacity Statistics 2020 shows that renewable energy capacity expanded by 7.6 percent last year with Asia dominating growth and accounting for 54 percent of total additions.

However, renewables accounted for at least 70 percent of the total capacity expansion in almost all regions in 2019, other than in Africa and the Middle East, where they represented 52 percent and 26 percent of net additions, respectively, the report added.

Thus, the additions took the renewable share of all global power capacity to 34.7 percent, up from 33.3 percent at the end of 2018.

At the end of 2019, global renewable generation capacity amounted to 2 537 GW. Out of which, wind and solar energy accounted for 623 GW and 586 GW of capacity respectively, as per the report.

In 2019, solar and wind energy continued to dominate renewable capacity expansion, jointly accounting for 90 percent of all net renewable additions, said IRENA. However, this unusually high share may reflect the very low expansion of hydropower last year, it added.

On the regional front, Asia accounted for 54 percent of new capacity in 2019, increasing its renewable capacity by 95.5 GW to reach 1.12 TW (i.e. 44 percent of the global total). While, the capacity in Europe and North America expanded by 35 GW (+6.6 percent) and 22 GW (+6 percent), respectively.

Meanwhile, Asia continued to dominate global solar capacity expansion with a 56 GW increase (about 60 percent of the total in 2019), but this was lower than in 2018.

The report stated further that China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea and Viet Nam were the countries with the most new capacity in 2019. Other major increases were in the United States, Australia, Spain, Ukraine and Germany.

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Manu Tayal

Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.

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