The International Renewable Energy Agency has released its Renewable Capacity Statistics 2018 report, which provides statistics on renewable power generation capacity for the past decade. Hydropower grew 1.8% between 2016 and 2017, it says.
Here is a breakdown of some of the statistics:
Total renewable energy capacity worldwide reached 2,179,099 MW in 2017, up 8.3% from 2016. The region with the greatest renewable energy capacity in 2017 is Asia, with 918,655 MW. China is the country with the greatest renewable capacity in 2017 at 618,803 MW.
World hydropower capacity rose 1.8% between 2016 and 2017, reaching 1,270,496 MW in 2017. Asia is the region with the greatest hydropower capacity in 2017, with 529,606 MW. And China is the country leader, with 341,190 MW of hydro in 2017.
Pumped storage capacity reached 118,596 MW in 2017, growing 1.6% from 2016. Asia leads with 64,217 MW of pumped storage capacity in 2017, and China is again the country leader with 28,490 MW of capacity in 2017.
The report also covers marine energy, indicating 529 MW of installed capacity worldwide in 2017, a 0.8% increase from 2016. Asia leads even here, with 262 MW in 2017, but the top country for installed capacity in 2017 was the Republic of Korea with 258 MW.
In addition, the report gives numbers for off-grid capacity. It says total off-grid hydropower worldwide is 508.935 MW.
All data is measured as the maximum net generating capacity of power plants. For most countries and technologies, the data reflects the capacity installed and connected at the end of the calendar year.
Renewable Capacity Statistics 2018 contains statistics for the past decade, available in English, French and Spanish.