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Dataset | 17 February 2016

Renewable Energy Power Capacity and Generation


Data on electricity power capacity and generationby renewable sources per country and subtechnology (liquid biofuels, biogas and solid biomass)

The Renewable Energy Capacity data in IRENA REsource represent the maximum net capacity of power plants and systems that use renewable energy sources to produce electricity.

According to the International Recommendations for Energy Statistics, maximum net electrical capacity is the maximum active power that can be supplied continuously, with all plants running, at the point of outlet (i.e., after taking the power supplies for the station auxiliaries and allowing for the losses in those transformers considered integral to the station). This assumes no restriction of interconnection to the network. It does not include overload capacity that can only be sustained for a short period of time (e.g., internal combustion engines momentarily running above their rated capacity).

The maximum net electricity-generating capacity represents the sum of all individual plants’ maximum capacities available to run continuously throughout a prolonged period of operation in a day. A power plant with an installed capacity of 1 megawatt (MW) produces 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity if running at full capacity for one hour. For most countries and technologies, the figures reported reflect the cumulative capacity installed at the end of the calendar year and include only those projects that are connected. In some cases however, the reported capacity may also include projects that are completed but not yet connected.