Global trends in renewable energy investment 2012

This report contains chapters on: renewables investment by economic status of country; renewable energies in perspective, compared to fossil fuels and the importance of energy efficiency, and for use in mitigating climate change; the green economy; asset finance; small-scale projects; public markets; venture capital and private equity; research and development; mergers and acquisitions; and investment sources. According to the report, investments in renewable reached $257 billion in 2011, an increase of 17% on the previous year. The report notes that developing economies made up 35% of this total investment, compared to 65% from developed economies. The report also highlights rapidly falling technology costs in 2011 that have brought wind and solar power into close competition with conventional fossil fuel sources of energy such as coal and gas.

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