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What the Data Shows
The latest BNEF figures show dollar investment globally growing in 2015 to nearly six times its 2004 total, and a new record of one third of a trillion dollars. What’s new?
- “New markets” run the show. An expanded list of emerging countries committed billions to clean energy last year with record increases, including Mexico ($4.2bn, up 114%), Chile ($3.5bn, up 157%), South Africa ($4.5bn, up 329%) and Morocco ($2bn, up from almost zero in 2014).
- Costs keep falling. The 2015 renewables installation record is all the more remarkable as cost-competitiveness improvements in solar and wind power mean that more megawatts can be installed for the same price.
- Wind and solar’s capacity share rises. The 122GW of wind and solar installed in 2015 made up about 50% of the net capacity added in all generation technologies (fossil fuel, nuclear and renewable) globally.
- No impact from low fossil fuel prices. Neither the 67% plunge in the oil price in the 18 months, nor continuing low prices for coal globally and natural gas in the US restrained the boom in clean energy investment.
- Europe falls behind. The region saw investment fall 18% to $58.5bn in 2015, its lowest figure since 2006. While UK investment bucked the trend and grew 24%, Germany and France saw their investment levels fall by 42% and 53% respectively.
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