Solar panels accounted for one-third of renewable energy in 2013

According to a new report from the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are one of the most sought-after sources of renewable energy in the world. The report says that, in 2013, a full one-third of all renewable power capacity that was installed were derived from solar panels. What this means is that, for the first time ever, solar panels are more popular as an alternate source of power and energy than wind.

It is important to note how relatively recent the upswing in solar PV panel installations has happened. The report from REN21 says that, of the nearly 140 GW of solar that has been put into place across the globe, nearly half have been installed within the last two years. A full 98 percent of solar panels have been created in just the last decade. In 2013 alone, 39 MW of PV panels were installed worldwide.

People all around the planet are becoming increasingly dependent on renewable sources of energy and power. CleanTechnica notes that one-fifth of the world's total energy consumption is now met with clean energy, which is due to a full 8 percent increase in total capacity. China, the United States, Germany, Canada and Brazil are all worldwide leaders in having new renewable sources put in place in their respective countries.

While the world is becoming more reliant on clean sources of power, it is possible to alter your lifestyle on an individual level as well to help the planet and our environment. If you are a Maryland resident, be sure to schedule an energy audit with home inspection company Alban Inspections today! Our team of professionals will be able to help you reduce the amount of energy you consume on a regular basis.