Bumper year for solar and wind energy

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The Sydney Morning Herald

2012 was another bumper year for renewable energy worldwide with solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity surpassing 100 gigawatts for the first time and wind energy capacity expanding by almost one-fifth.

Rapid growth outside Europe saw a total of about 32 GW of solar PV capacity installed, bringing capacity to 101 GW and narrowly pipping the 30 gigawatts taken up in 2011, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association said, citing preliminary figures.