IRENA estimates global photovoltaic additions at just 191 GW in 2022
Post date: 27/03/2023 - 16:25
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released its annual statistics on the installed power generation capacity of renewable energy systems worldwide. The »Renewable Capacity Statistics 2023« shows a total of 295 gigawatts (GW) added, or 83 percent of the total new generation capacity installed in 2022. This brings global cumulated renewable capacity to 3,372 GW.
According to IRENA statistics, solar power accounted for about two-thirds of the 2022 renewable additions, 191.6 GW, and almost all of that (191.45 GW) was photovoltaic; new solar thermal power plants accounted for only 0.125 GW. With this estimate, the report is, as in previous years, significantly below the figures of other analysts. These indicate around 230 GW or even more as world-wide PV addition of the last year.
As newly installed capacity in wind power plants the IRENA calls 75 GW, for water power 21 GW, for bio energy 7.6 GW and for geothermal energy 0.18 GW. In addition, according to the statistics, 1.24 GW has been added in off-grid systems. A large part of this is also PV.