Renewable energy capacity in the MENA region increased by 6.4% to 26.34GW last year. But this represents just 1.3% of global 1.99TW end-2015 renewables capacity, up 8.3% on 2014, according to freshly-released statistics from the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). MENA regional renewables capacity has increased by almost 28% since the end of 2010, when total renewables capacity for the region stood at 20.59GW. The lion's share is provided by Iran, where hydropower capacity is 45% of total MENA renewables.

Most of MENA’s renewables capacity is hydropower. Hydropower accounted for 97% of MENA renewables capacity of 16.28GW in 2006 and it is still predominant, representing 87.8% of today’s total. (CONTINUED - 658 WORDS)