20% RE of global electricity in 2010

According to REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century, renewable energy (RE) supplied 16% of global final energy consumption and almost 20% of electricity production in 2010.

Global investment in renewable energy increased more than 20% to US$211 billion. The number of PV panels more than doubled, while wind energy accounted for most of the electricity capacity.

Top five countries for renewable energy capacity were (excluding hydropower):

  • The US
  • China
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • India

In the EU, renewable energy accounted for about 41% of new installed electricity capacity.

As a result the EU targets 2010 for wind, solar PV, CSP, solar heating and heat pumps have been exceeded.


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