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Worldwide Solar Power Capacity Grows In 2016

Those of you involved in the solar power industry and the general public may be interested to note that, according to a REN21 Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century report published this year, solar power capacity grew by more than all the other renewable energy sources in 2016.

Solar pv capacity increased globally in 2016

In 2016, renewable energy capacity rose by 161 gigawatts around the world. 47% of this figure was due to solar power. 34% was due to wind power. 15.5% was due to hydropower. The amount of solar pv capacity grew from 228 gigawatts in 2015 to 303 gigawatts in 2016. The top five countries in 2016 in respect of additions to net capacity, investment on an annual basis and productions were China, USA, Japan, India and the UK. It is pleasing to see that the UK has managed to feature in fifth position.

It is interesting that some 9.8 million jobs exist within the renewable energy sector around the world. Of these jobs, in the region of 2.825 million work within the solar energy sector- that is a significant number of people and just goes to show how beneficial the renewable energy industry is in providing much needed jobs in many countries around the world.

We are sure that you will agree that the above figures make for interesting reading but more data can be found in the report that can be viewed on the website of REN21 so why not take a look to find out more information. We are sure that you will find it very interesting and informative.

It is going to be interesting to observe what happens in respect of UK and global solar power capacity for the remainder of this year and for many years to come as the world attempts to achieve its global renewable energy and carbon emission targets to help ensure that we all have a more environmentally friendly planet in which to live.

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