12 Apr '12, 2pm

US Led World in Clean Energy Investment for 2011

US Led World in Clean Energy Investment for 2011

The United States led the world in clean energy investment in 2011, overtaking China, new analysis from Pew Charitable Trusts shows. Pew's Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race 2011 Edition breaks down clean energy investment on a country-by-country basis, illustrating this with a quite useful interactive map (see screengrab above) showing how much each nation has invested, and their renewable energy capacity based upon source. The US invested $48.1 billion in clean energy in 2011, 21.4% of total investment among the G-20 nations. This brings the US's total renewable energy capacity just under 93 GW. Wind power leads the way, with 46.7 GW installed. Solar in the US now stands at 4.6 GW, biomass at nearly 13 GW, small hydro 25.3 GW, geothermal at 3.3 GW. Ethanol and biodiesel capacity, though listed for other nations, are not given for the US—though the nation's biofuel targe...

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