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April 02, 2014

Global Solar Deployment Exceeds Wind in 2013: Report

More new solar photovoltaic (PV) generating capacity was added throughout the globe than wind energy in 2013, according to a report issued by clean-tech research and advisory firm Clean Edge. The report found that 36.5 gigawatts (GW) of PV capacity was installed globally compared to 35.5 GW of new wind capacity added in 2013, well below the previous year’s 44.7 GW. It was the first time solar installations have topped wind power since the report began tracking the renewable energy sources in 2000.

According to the report, record levels of new solar deployment in China, Japan, and the United States helped drive the solar market. There was also a slight uptick in the global biofuels market. See the Clean Edge news release.