Wind (58.8GW) and solar (97.7GW) accounted for about 90% of the new renewable energy capacity added in 2019, according Irena’s report ‘Renewable Capacity Statistics 2020’.

However, renewable energy growth slowed in 2019, with the combined capacity increasing by 7.4% from the previous year – a slump of half a percentage point.

Despite the expansion of renewable energy outpacing that of fossil fuels by a factor of 2.6, Irena director-general Francesco La Camera said that “more is required to put global energy on a path with sustainable development and climate mitigation – both of which offer significant economic benefits.”

Irena had previously argued that 7.7TW of renewables capacity would be needed by 2030 if the world is to limit global warming to “well below” 2C above pre-industrial

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