The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just released the 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – and the report found that photovoltaic solar energy generation jumped by a whopping 83 percent! The report is released each year and it addresses green energy generation and clean energy investment across the United States.
According to the 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book, renewable energy now represents 14 percent of total installed capacity and more than 12 percent of total electric generation in the U.S. This equates to an impressive renewable electricity capacity of more than 163 gigawatts (GW).
The report also found that installed global renewable electricity capacity, including hydropower, doubled between 2000 and 2012, and represents a significant and growing portion of the total energy supply both globally and in the U.S.
However, solar and wind power shows the most impressive figures. Not only were they both the fastest growing electric generation technologies in the U.S., but cumulative installed wind energy capacity grew by nearly 28 percent, while cumulative installed solar photovoltaic capacity increased by over 83 percent from the previous year.
Renewable energy also comprises a large percentage of all new capacity additions. Last year, renewable electricity accounted for more than 56 percent of all new electrical capacity installations in the U.S. Compare that to 2004, when it only represented two percent of new capacity additions and the improvement becomes clear.
“The 2012 Renewable Energy Data Book is filled with information-packed charts and graphics, which allows users, from analysts to policymakers, to quickly understand and summarize trends in renewable energy — both on a U.S. and global scale,” said NREL Energy Analyst Rachel Gelman.
Via Clean Technica