638 gigawatt of solar power generation capacity added over last decade: UNEP


638 gigawatt of solar power generation capacity added over last decade: UNEP

The world added a mammoth 638 gigawatt (GW) of solar power generation capacity, including both solar photovoltaic and thermal, between 2010 and 2019 — the largest such addition across renewable energy technologies, according to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

“Solar is set to have been the most heavily installed generation technology in the 2010s with some 638 Gw added worldwide (including solar thermal as well as PV) – an astonishing result for a power source that could boast only 25 Gw of global capacity at the end of 2009,” the report said.

The report “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2019” says the 2010-2019 period is set to have seen a net 2.4 Terawatts of power capacity of all sorts installed, with solar first, coal second, and wind narrowly beating gas for third place.

The decade witnessed $2.6 trillion investment in renewable energy capacity — excluding large hydro — more than threefold the amount invested in the previous decade.  Read More

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