TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY, 2013 |
100+ GW Solar PV, 282+ GW Wind Power Globally
Renewables are still powering along globally, even in the face of flip-flops on
support and other financial, political and regulatory challenges in some
According to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), the world’s cumulative solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity capacity
eclipsed 100 gigawatts by the end of last year. This will generate as much electricity
as sixteen 1GW coal power plants or nuclear reactors and avoid 53 million tonnes
of carbon emissions annually.
Small scale solar power systems in Australia account
for around 2.3GW
of the global tally.
An estimated 30 GW of solar PV capacity was connected to the grid globally in
2012; around the same level as 2011.
"No one would have predicted even 10 years ago that we would see more than 100 GW of solar photovoltaic capacity in the world by
2012," said EPIA
President Winfried Hoffmann.
"Even in tough economic times and despite growing regulatory uncertainty, we have nearly managed to repeat the record year of
Wind power also had an impressive year according to the Global Wind Energy
Council (GWEC); with 44.7 GW capacity installed.
The USA and China tied for the top spot in 2012 with approximately 13GW new
capacity each. A rush in the USA due to the anticipated expiration of its Production Tax Credit at the end of
December resulted in more than 8,000 MW installed in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Last year also saw sub-Saharan Africa's first large commercial wind farm, a 52 MW project in Ethiopia.
With construction having commenced on 500+ MW of wind power capacity in South Africa,
the GWEC expects Africa to be a substantial new market.
According to the GWEC's Global
Wind Statistics 2012
report (PDF), Australia saw 358 MW of new wind power capacity
added in 2012; for a cumulative total of 2,584 MW.
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