Solar Power Growth Leaps by 50% Worldwide Thanks to US and China

The Guardian: “The amount of solar power added worldwide soared by some 50% last year because of a sun rush in the US and China, new figures show.”

“New solar photovoltaic capacity installed in 2016 reached more than 76 gigawatts, a dramatic increase on the 50GW installed the year before. China and the US led the surge, with both countries almost doubling the amount of solar they added in 2015, according to data compiled by Europe’s solar power trade body.”

“Solar is still a relative minnow in the electricity mix of most countries, the figures show. Even where the technology has been embraced most enthusiastically, such as in Europe, solar on average provides 4% of electricity demand.”

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