The growth of renewable energy continued strongly in 2014 despite the dramatic fall in the price of oil in the second half of the year, with 59% of all new power generated around the world coming from renewable sources.
The latest report from REN21, the global renewable energy policy network, shows that renewables made up an estimated 27.7% of the world’s power generating capacity at the end of 2014.
China leads the world in renewable power capacity, with the United States some way behind in second place. Germany comes next, but only if hydroelectric power is excluded from the calculation. If hydro is included then Brazil takes the third spot.
Things look very different when capacity is measured on a per capita basis, with the top five countries all in Europe: Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Spain and Portugal.