Most Recent Trends
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The year 2013 saw record-breaking growth for solar electricity generation as the photovoltaic and concentrated solar thermal power markets continued to grow. Solar power consumption increased by 30 percent globally in 2013 to 124.8 terawatt-hours
Double-digit growth continued in the global wind market in 2013 as 35 gigawatts (GW) of additional capacity were added during the year, bringing the worldwide total to 318 GW—a 12.5 percent increase over 2012. This was a significant drop from the average 21 percent annual growth rate over the last 10 years, however.
There may now be as many as 6.5 million direct and indirect jobs in renewable energy. Rising labor productivity notwithstanding, the job numbers are likely to grow in coming decades as the world’s energy system shifts toward low-carbon sources.