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World's Solar Energy Capacity Likely To Exceed Nuclear In 2017

By Brian Spaen

In the near future, solar energy capacity could be surpassing nuclear energy. A study from GreenTechMedia Research suggests that by the end of 2017, both resources could have the potential of creating the same amount of power -- around 390 gigawatts worldwide. There’s still a significant difference in gigawatt-hours, but it continues a trend that will likely see solar generation eventually move beyond the traditional source.

The solar industry will have another record-setting amount of installations scheduled for 2017. They will be adding 81 gigawatts this year, putting the total at around 390 gigawatts. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, just over 391.5 gigawatts of nuclear capacity was installed as of last April. For context, just over 350 gigawatts are in operation due to 43 of 48 Japanese reactors still being shut down.

Thanks to the Fukushima nuclear disaster back in 2011, demand continues to shoot up for solar in comparison. The renewable resource continues to even outpace wind installations, adding 43 gigawatts more annually. According to GTM’s research, a solar power capacity of 871 gigawatts is expected by 2022.