According to an International agency based in France, the biggest growth in global renewable power happened in 2020, and this record upturn will most likely become the new normal when it comes to clean energy.
“Wind and solar power are giving us more reasons to be optimistic about our climate goals as they break record after record,” says Dr. Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). “A massive expansion of clean electricity such as hydropower, bioenergy and geothermal is essential to giving the world a chance of achieving its net-zero goals.”
In 2020, the world added 280 gigawatts (GW) to its global renewable power capacity, and in 2021 and 2022, there should be an addition of respectively 270GW and 280 GW. In a single year – from 2020 to 2021 – the global growth in renewable power is set to be 50% higher than in a two-year period, that is from 2017 to 2019. According to the IEA, China has seen the biggest growth in renewables in 2020.