Renewables’ capacity surpassed coal for the first time in 2015

17 February 2017

Source: International Energy Agency, Medium-Term Renewable Market Report 2016

In 2015, annual renewable electricity capacity growth reached an all-time record at 153 gigawatts (GW), thanks to record additions in both onshore wind (63 GW) and solar photovoltaics (PV) (49 GW). 

This is equivalent to more than the total cumulative installed power capacity of a country like Canada. For the first time, renewables accounted for more than half of net annual additions to power capacity and overtook coal in terms of cumulative installed capacity in the world.

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