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Renewable Energy systems now generate all electricity for seven countries

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Seven countries now generate 100% of their electricity from renewable energy systems, with two in Europe, according to a recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower systems are now generating all of the electricity required in Albania, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Iceland, Nepal, Paraguay and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the data, compiled by Stanford University Professor Mark Jacobson, Norway is just behind these seven, generating over 98% of its’ electricity from renewable energy. Another 40 countries are getting at least half of their power from renewable energy sources. The UK is, as of January this year, generating 43% of its’ electricity from renewables.

In keeping with these milestones, 2023 was the best year on record for new wind energy generation, with the world installing an additional 116GW of new capacity, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), representing a 50% increase from 2022 and a 24% growth in overall renewable energy capacity.

China led the way in both on and offshore wind installations, growing by 21% overall to over 441GW, followed by USA, Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands. The report also highlighted that Africa and the Middle East installed circa 1GW of new wind energy capacity in the same timeframe, representing a threefold increase on 2022.

The solar sector however provided the majority of growth in renewable energy capacity in 2023, responsible for 73% of all growth, with experts predicting it to be the world

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