Solar capacity grew by 50 percent last year, faster than any other source of electricity, says the Financial Times, reporting on new figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The growth means solar has overtaken new coal-fired generation for the first time, while almost half the expansion came in China.

The record-breaking totals across mean renewables expansion is “shattering expectations, especially in the United States, where projections were pessimistic just a decade ago”, says Inside Climate News.

The IEA also suggests solar power will dominate renewables in the years ahead, reports Bloomberg.

The IEA expects about 1,000 gigawatts of renewables will be installed in the next five years, a milestone that coal only accomplished after 80 years.

The forecasts for renewables represent a lift of 12 percent compared to the IEA’s forecast last year, says Reuters.

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