Remarkable Renewable Energy Trends and Stats

September 18, 2018

According to the National Resources Defense Council, renewable energy comes from natural sources that are constantly and sustainably replenished. These energy sources include: wind, geothermal, hydropower, biomass, biogas and, our favorite, solar! In global (and more personal) attempts to reduce our carbon footprint, limit the rate of climate change, and reduce our impact on the natural environment, it is in every country’s best interest to transition to clean and renewable energy sources. Let’s take a closer look at what the current renewable energy trends and stats are and where solar fits into this picture.


  • The use of Renewable Energy Sources are Increasing! In fact, use of renewable energy is growing at a startling rate. The capacity for global renewable energy has doubled since 2008. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), reports that the world has doubled the amount of installed renewable power capacity in the last decade, from 1,058 gigawatts of mostly hydropower in 2008 to 2,179 gigawatts in 2017. The world added 399 gigawatts of wind and 375 gigawatts of solar in that time.
  • As of 2018, seven countries are powered entirely by renewable energy – mostly hydroelectric energy since the usage is minimal.
  • As of 2018, a total of 65 countries (out of 195 countries total) depend on renewable sources for at least 50% of their electricity consumption. This number is trending upward across the globe.
  • According to the International Energy Agency, by 2022, five countries are expected to generate at least 25% of their total electricity from wind and solar alone.
  • Countries all around the world are working toward a low-carbon future by embracing solar, wind, and geothermal energy. The top 11 countries leading the way include: the U.S., Sweden, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Scotland, Germany, Uruguay, Denmark, China, Morocco, and Kenya.
  • By 2030, Europe could rely on renewables for 34% of its electricity.  
  • In the year 2017, China installed enough solar panels to equal the amount that the U.S. has in total.


All of these trends and statistics regarding renewable energy are good news for our planet and, more locally, the United States. If you would like to join the trend toward safer, healthier, and more cost-effective energy by going solar, contact SunPower by BlueSel at 781-281-8130 or visit our website today.