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The world added 295 GW of new renewable capacity in 2022

Global renewable generation capacity grew by 295 GW in 2022 (i.e., over 80% of the new power capacities installed in 2022), according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity increased by 191 GW in 2022, accounting for 65% of renewable installations, followed by wind (+75 GW, 25% of total installations), hydropower (+21 GW), bioenergy (+7.6 GW) and off-grid electricity (+1.2 GW).

Almost half of all new renewable capacity in 2022 was added in Asia. China contributed the most, adding 141 GW of new of capacity, including 86 GW of solar, 37 GW of wind and 14 GW of hydropower). Renewables in Europe and North America grew by 57.3 GW and 29.1 GW, respectively. By adding 18.2 GW of capacity, South America’s increasing trend persisted, as in Oceania (+5.2 GW). The Middle East experienced its highest increase in renewable capacity on record, with 3.2 GW of additional capacity coming online in 2022, and Africa added 2.7 GW, continuing its steady rise.

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