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Renewable energy now supplies a quarter of the world’s power

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International investment in renewable energies reached $286 billion last year, double that of fossil fuels even as prices continue to tumble.

Jobs in the renewable energy sector (not including large-scale hydropower) increased in 2015 to an estimated 8.1 million, according to the 59-page Renewables Global Status Report, generated by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

At the end of 2015, renewable capacity was enough to supply an estimated 23.7% of global electricity, with hydropower providing about 16.6%, according to the report.

In parallel with growth in markets and investments, 2015 saw continued advances in renewable energy technologies, ongoing energy efficiency improvements, increased use of smart grid technologies and significant progress in hardware and software to support the integration of renewable energy, as well as progress in energy storage development and commercialization.

For example, Tesla began shipping its Powerwall lithium-ion home batteries to customers - the first of more than 500,000 batteries it expects to make at its Gigafactory outside Reno, Nev. 

The company is producing a commercial-grade battery called the Powerpack, each of which will allow businesses to store up to 100 kilowatt hours of power.

In a presentation at the company’s annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday (May 31), CEO Elon Musk said he thinks half of the company’s batteries will go toward electricity storage for the power grid rather than Tesla’s vehicles in the coming years as Tesla expands its battery business.

Electric, Hybrid and low emission Diesel vehicles are fast becoming popular throughout the world, helping keep emissions low.

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