World's renewable use to jump by a third, according to International Energy Agency

A row of solar panels in a green field
Solar power is a key part of the world's drive to renewable energy (Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Renewable energy capacity is expected to jump by a third this year thanks to higher fossil fuel prices and energy security concerns sparked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts the world’s total renewable electricity capacity will hit nearly 4,500 gigawatts, equal to the total power output of China and the United States combined.

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