Renewable energy grew more in 2015 than ever before

Solar and wind power

Record-breaking use of renewable energy last year

Nations across the globe are turning to renewable energy sources more than ever before. Last year, in 2015, the yearly rise in renewable sources was the highest ever recorded.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), global renewable generation capacity rose 152 gigawatts (GW) year-over-year from 2014 2015. This increase of 152 GW equates to an 8.3 percent yearly rise — the largest jump ever seen.

Wind and solar energy

Wind energy and solar energy led the renewables charge in 2015, as the use of each source grew rapidly. Global solar power capacity jumped 37 percent from 2014 to 2015, while wind power capacity increased 17 percent.

Together, wind and solar sources accounted for about 110 GW of new electricity capacity in 2015.

Large growth in developing countries

While renewables saw growth all over the globe, the largest year-over-year increases were seen in developing countries.

Use of renewable sources grew 14.5 percent year-over-year in Central America and the Caribbean, while use of renewables in Asia jumped 12.4 percent on a yearly basis. North America renewable capacity increased 6.3 percent, and Europe experienced a 5.2 percent rise.

“The significant growth rates for renewable generation capacity in developing economies are a testament to the strong business case for renewable energy.” — IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin

Source → IRENA