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Author Topic: The Big Picture of Renewable Energy Growth  (Read 54340 times)

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Excellent data point!  ;D

Here's more good news:


NREL: 23% Of Global Electricity Generation Supplied By Renewable Sources

Originally published on 1Sun4All.

The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) released a report – 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book – in October of 2013 regarding the status of renewable energy globally and in the US. The report has an abundance of great charts and, in reading through the pages, I discovered that renewable energy accounts for 23% of all electricity generation worldwide (4,892 TWh) (on page 41). I’ve brought out a few of the relevant charts and findings. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

In 2012, Germany led the world in cumulative solar photovoltaic installed capacity, reports the NREL. The United States leads the world in geothermal and biomass installed capacity. China leads in wind, and Spain leads in solar thermal electric generation (STEG). The following is from the 2012
Renewable Energy Data Book:

Leading Countries For Installed Renewable Energy

Image courtesy of NREL | 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book

Zach mentioned the weakness of this chart is that it doesn’t address the per capita or per GDP leaders. From his post, 18 Fun Renewable Energy Charts From NREL Director Dan Arvizu & Ren21′s Renewables 2013 Global Status Report, he offered the latest on those for wind and solar:

Top Solar Power Countries

Top Wind Power Countries Per Capita

Top Wind Power Countries Per GDP


More findings from NREL’s 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book:

Total Global Renewable Electricity Capacity

Image courtesy of NREL | 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book

The installed global renewable electricity capacity doubled between 2000 and 2012, and represents a significant and growing portion of the total energy supply both globally and in the United States.

Growth of the World’s Sustainable Energy Resources from 2000 to 2012


http://cleantechnica.com/2014/01/03/nrel-23-global-electricity-generation-supplied-renewable-sources/#oteiprGfxaOfca4o.99

Agelbert NOTE: I realize most of the data does not include 2013 but I just want to add to the good news about  the massive 400 MW hydroelectric dam just completed in Bui, Ghana.


Flag of Ghana

But even before that, Ghana is  way ahead of most countries in the world in renewable energy.

Total Electrical Grid capacity (2012) = 14,675 GW

Share of fossil energy = 0%

Share of renewable energy (hydro, bio energy, thermal energy) = 99%

Share of renewable energy  (solar, wind energy) = 1%


Perhaps they aren't praised as much as countries like Denmark because of this: Ghana produces 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day on average.

Never the less, this PV project now being built shows they should be touted as a great example of a country transitioning to 100% renewable energy:The biggest photovoltaic (PV) and largest solar energy plant in Africa, the Nzema project, based in Ghana, will be able to provide electricity to more than 100,000 homes. The 155 megawatt plant will increase Ghana's electricity generating capacity by 6%.

One more thing. Ghana burns zero coal for electrical or any other purpose! That is also praiseworthy. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electricity_sector_in_Ghana
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