Energy Transition

Explained: why renewables became so cheap so fast

Workers install a solar panel in Jiuquan, Gansu province, July 14, 2013. China aims to more than quadruple solar power generating capacity to 35 gigawatts by 2015 in an apparent bid to ease a massive glut in the domestic solar panel industry. Picture taken July 14, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - GM1E97H0X0A01

Falling renewable energy costs is good news for our planet. Image: REUTERS/Stringer

Max Roser
Programme Director, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
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Fossil fuels come with a major detriment to our health. Image: Our World in Data
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The price of electricity from new power plants. Image: Our World in Data
the cost of different energy sources between 2009 and 2019
The price of renewable energy has fallen dramatically. Image: Our World in Data
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The product cycle for renewable energy. Image: Our World in Data
the price of solar molecules per energy produced
Solar molecules has fallen by 99.6% since 1976. Image: Our World in Data
the price of different energy forms per megawatt
Increased capacity has made renewables cheaper. Image: Our World in Data
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