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Global Investment in Renewable Energy to Triple This Decade - UN

Power News - Published on Tue, 10 Sep 2019

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Global investment in new renewable energy capacity over this decade 2010 to 2019 inclusive is on course to hit USD 2.6 trillion, with more gigawatts of solar power capacity installed than any other generation technology, according to Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2019, a report by the UN Global Climate Action Summit. This investment is set to have roughly quadrupled renewable energy capacity (excluding large hydro) from 414 gigawatts at the end of 2009 to just over 1,650 gigawatts when the decade closes at the end of this year.

Solar power will have drawn half USD 1.3 trillion of the USD 2.6 trillion in renewable energy capacity investments made over the decade. Solar alone will have grown from 25 gigawatts at the beginning of 2010 to an expected 663 gigawatts by the close of 2019 enough to produce all the electricity needed each year by about 100 million average homes in the United States.

The global share of electricity generation accounted for by renewables reached 12.9%, in 2018, up from 11.6% in 2017. This avoided an estimated 2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions last year alone a substantial saving given global power sector emissions of 13.7 billion tonnes in 2018. Including all major generating technologies (fossil and zero-carbon), the decade is set to see a net 2,366 gigawatts of power capacity installed, with solar accounting for the largest single share (638 gigawatts), coal second (529 gigawatts), and wind and gas in third and fourth places (487 gigawatts and 438 gigawatts), respectively.

The cost-competitiveness of renewables has also risen dramatically over the decade. The levelized cost of electricity (a measure that allows comparison of different methods of electricity generation on a consistent basis) is down 81 percent for solar photovoltaics since 2009; onshore wind is down 46%.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 10 Sep 2019
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