According to the IRENA, the global renewable capacity increased by 7.4% in 2019, when 176 GW of new projects were commissioned, raising the global renewable capacity to 2,537 GW. More than half of the new renewable capacities were installed in Asia (95.5 GW, corresponding to a 9% growth), followed by Europe (+35 GW, +6.6%), North America (+22 GW, +6%), South America (+8.4 GW, +4%), Oceania (+6.2 GW, +18%), Eurasia (+3.1 GW, +3%), the Middle east (+2.5 GW, +13%), Africa (+2 GW, +4.3%) and Central America (+0.6 GW, +4.1%).
According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), a total of 60.4 GW of wind capacity was installed worldwide in 2019 (19% more than in 2018), raising the global wind capacity by 10% to more than 650 GW.
According to the Indian government, the installed carbon-free capacity in the country increased by 72% between late March 2014 and the end of February 2020, from 81 GW to 139 GW. Around 55% of new installations between 2014 and 2020 (58 GW) were solar power plants (32 GW), followed by wind (17 GW, 29%) and large hydro (5 GW, 8%). In addition, 2.8 GW of other renewable sources (biomass, small-hydropower and waste-to-energy) and 2 GW of nuclear were added. Total investment in the Indian carbon-free energy sector reached US$75bn over the 2014-2020 period, with foreign direct investments accounting for 8% of it (US$6bn).
According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the global offshore wind power capacity increased by 6.1 GW to 29.5 GW in 2019. Offshore wind installations accelerated compared with 2018, when 4.5 GW were added, and accounted for 10% of the new wind power installations.