New figures released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveal 171 gigawatts (GW) of clean power was added globally in 2018.

IRENA’s Renewable Capacity Statistics 2019 shows all regions experienced growth, with Asia leading the way with 61% of new renewable energy installations.

“Through its compelling business case, renewable energy has established itself as the technology of choice for new power generation capacity. The strong growth in 2018 continues the remarkable trend of the last five years, which reflects an ongoing shift towards renewable power as the driver of global energy transformation,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “Renewable energy deployment needs to grow even faster, however, to ensure that we can achieve the global climate objectives and Sustainable Development Goals. Countries taking full advantage of their renewables potential will benefit from a host of socioeconomic benefits in addition to decarbonising their economies.”