Global capacity to generate electricy from renewable sources has, for the first time, overtaken coal according to a new study from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Thanks to strong policy support in key countries and sharp cost reductions and it’s a trend the agency expect to continue. The sector is expected to grow 13% more between 2015 and 2021 – an increase on previous forecasts – due mostly to stronger policy backing in the United States, China, India and Mexico and falling costs for solar PV and onshore wind.

The latest edition of the IEA’s Medium-Term Renewable Market Report charts a pivotal year for renewables with more than half of the total global new power capacity coming from eco-friendly sources and reaching a record 153 Gigawatts (GW) – a 15%…

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