China leads in renewable energy capacity

The world’s total installed renewable energy amounted to almost 2,800 gigawatts in 2020. According to data presented by, China has an installed renewable energy capacity of 895 gigawatts – larger than the next 5 nations combined. 
China has set itself apart as the world’s leader in renewable energy. In 2020, China accounted for nearly a third (32%) of the world’s installed renewable energy capacity with 895 gigawatts. The next on the list is the US with a distant 292 gigawatts. In fact, the next five countries on the list after China had a combined capacity that is less than China.
The US, Brazil, India, Germany, and Canada had a combined capacity of 809 gigawatts in 2020. Japan was the only other country to have a capacity greater than 100 gigawatts, while Italy and France both had capacities of 55 gigawatts in 2020 to close out the top 10.
Total renewable energy capacity increased by 10% YoY in 2020 from 2538 gigawatts to 2799. From 2015-2020 Total installed renewable energy capacity grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.67%. Several various types of renewable energy also experienced varying levels of growth.
In 2020 Hydro Energy, Bioenergy, and Geothermal energy all experienced modest growth of between 1% and 2%. However, both Wind and Solar energy experienced significant YoY growth in 2020. Wind energy experienced an almost 18% YoY growth, while Solar had a YoY growth of 21.6%.
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