Renewable Energy Growth Reached New Record in 2008
Renewablepower capacity reached 280 GW in 2008, rising 75 percent from 160 GW in2004. The top six countries in terms of total renewable generatingcapacity were China (76 GW), the United States (40 GW), Germany (34GW), Spain (22 GW), India (13 GW) and Japan (8 GW).
In 2008, the United States and the European Union added morerenewables capacity than power capacity from conventional power likenatural gas, coal, oil, and nuclear. In other words, renewablesrepresented more than 50 percent of total added capacity.
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