100 GW global renewables capacity of 1,470 GW as of 2102 was solar PV.

SolarIndustryMag.com: “A United Nations agency and an international policy group have issued dual reports showing investments in renewable energy (excluding large hydropower) totaled $244 billion worldwide in 2012, with developing countries reaching near parity with developed ones.” “Wind power reportedly accounted for about 39% of added renewable power capacity, followed by small-scale hydropower and solar PV, each garnering approximately 26%.
Global solar PV capacity reached 100 GW in 2012, surpassing bio-mass to become the third largest renewable power source in operation after hydropower and wind, the reports say. Total renewable power capacity worldwide exceeded 1,470 GW in 2012, up 8.5% from 2011.
The “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013” report, published by the UN Environment Program (UNEP), and “Renewables 2013 Global Status Report,” released simultaneously by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), say last year’s investments in renewable energy declined from $279 billion in 2011 due to lower solar prices and weakened markets in Europe and the U.S. However, the overall trend is up, the reports say. ….The reports say solar PV installations reached a record 30.5 GW worldwide in 2012, but overall investment was down from the previous year due to falling PV system prices, which dropped as much as 40%. Bargain basement prices may have sparked demand for small-scale solar, however.”
Key points:
In 2012, an estimated 5.7 million people worldwide worked directly or indirectly in the renewable energy sector. Brazil, China, India, members of the EU, and USA continue to see huge numbers of renewable jobs, but employment is growing in other countries, and there are increasing technicians and sales staff job numbers in off-grid sectors of the developing world. In Bangladesh for example, selling, installing, and maintaining small solar panels employs 150,000 people directly and indirectly.
– As nations work to limit greenhouse gas emissions, the continued growth of the renewable sector shows that the solutions are already here. During the June international climate talks in Bonn, Germany, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) called for separate discussions to help fast-track efforts to scale up renewables. This followed the formation of the Renewables Club, 10 pioneering countries that aim to accelerate the rollout of renewable technologies
– Uncertainties with American renewable policies contributed to a 34% decrease in renewable investment. Similar uncertainties in Italy and Spain resulted in a dent to the sector, but in Japan, new feed-in tariff subsidies for installations contributed to a 73% spike in renewable investment.
Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Holdings launched an $850 million bond issue in February 2012 to finance its 550MW Topaz Solar Farm in California, only to see it oversubscribed by more than $400 million.
– $5 billion of ‘green’ bonds were issued in 2012, a 44 per cent increase over 2011.
The phenomenon of crowd sourcing—in which capital is raised from large numbers of small investors—took off in small-scale solar in Europe and the United States.
– “What remains daunting is that the world has hardly scratched the surface – CO2 emissions are still on a firm upward trend and there was still nearly $150 billion of net investment in new fossil-fuel generating assets in 2012.” Michael Liebreich, Chief Executive, Bloomberg New Energy Finance