Global solar power capacity has doubled since 2010, while wind continues steady growth



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Both wind and solar power grew dramatically worldwide in 2012. The Global Wind Energy Council says that China, the USA, and other countries added significant wind capacity last year, bringing the total up roughly 20 percent from where it was in 2011 to about 282 gigawatts. The growth in US wind farms was, in part, spurred by tax credits; though the credit was renewed for 2013, construction isn't likely to continue at this pace. Europe, meanwhile, has the highest total level of wind energy, with Germany and Spain making up a significant portion and the UK leading in offshore wind farms.