Energy Transition

These 4 charts show how solar energy is becoming a game-changer in the fight against climate change

Total solar energy capacity tipped over 1 terawatt (1,000 gigawatts) for the first time last year.

Total solar energy capacity tipped over 1 terawatt (1,000 gigawatts) for the first time last year. Image: Pexels/Trinh Trần

Andrew Blakers
Professor of Engineering, Australian National University
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As you can see, cheap solar energy is overtaking all other new-build energy sources.
As you can see, cheap solar energy is overtaking all other new-build energy sources. Image: Global generation capacity additions (2018-2022) IRENA, GWEC, WNA, GEM

Highest per capita solar and wind generation in 2022.
Highest per capita solar and wind generation in 2022. Image: Ember
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Global solar energy generation capacity, assuming continued 20% growth rate in annual deployment.
Global solar energy generation capacity, assuming continued 20% growth rate in annual deployment. Image: IRENA, GEM

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Current per capita electricity consumption in 2022.
Current per capita electricity consumption in 2022. Image: Our World in Data

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