A record of over 260GW of new renewable energy capacity was installed in 2020, despite the impact of Covid-19, according to new data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
IRENA said in its ‘Renewable Capacity Statistics 2021’ report that new capacity in 2020 exceeded expansion in 2019 by close to 50%.
More than 80% of all new electricity capacity added last year was renewable, with solar and wind accounting for 91% of new clean power, IRENA said.
New solar installations totaled 127GW, while wind power stood at 111GW, the report said.
China added 136GW last year with the bulk coming from 72GW of wind and 49GW of solar. The US installed 29GW of renewables last year, nearly 80% more than in 2019, including 15GW of solar and around 14GW of wind.
IRENA said that at the end of 2020, global renewable generation capacity amounted to 2799GW, with hydropower accounting for the largest share (1211GW).