|The US has regained top spot from China as the biggest investor in clean
energy in 2011, according to global rankings. The table, published in a
report by the Pew Charitable Trusts and compiled by Bloomberg New Energy
Finance, showed that US invested more than USD 48bn in the sector, up
from USD 34bn in 2010.
China slipped to second place, the authors reported, with investment
only increasing by USD 0.5bn to USD 45.5bn. Globally, overall financial
backing in clean energy technologies hit a record USD 263bn, up 6.5%
from 2010 levels. The report, Who is Winning the Clean Energy Race,
showed that G20 nations accounted for 95% of the investment in the
sector, which does not include nuclear power.
Over the course of the year, an additional 83.5 gigawatts (GW) was added
to the world's clean energy generation capacity, including almost 30GW
of solar and 43GW of wind.