Mena Renewables: Capacity Growing But At Half The Global Pace

Regional solar and wind capacity grew sharply last year, but mainly outside the Gulf. The UAE and Saudi Arabia have ambitious plans that may shift the balance.

Installed capacity for electricity generation from renewable sources in the Mena region increased by 3.8% in 2016 to 25.2GW, according to the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). This compares with a 7.3% hike to 2.11TW for the world as a whole.

While Mena renewables capacity continues to be dominated by hydropower, the agency’s Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2017 report shows a 42.4% hike in regional solar capacity to just over 2GW and an 11.8% rise in wind capacity to almost 2.2GW (see table).

ENERGY TRANSFORMATION

“We are witnessing an energy transformation taking hold around the world,” says Irena director general Adnan Amin. The agency says a record 71GW of solar capacity added globally last year as well as 51GW of wind. (CONTINUED - 589 WORDS)

DATA INSIDE THIS ARTICLE

table Irena: Total Renewables Power Capacity (Mw)