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New solar power tops wind worldwide in 2013

There was more solar energy installed throughout the world in 2013 than wind energy, according to a new report by Portland-based Clean Edge.

It was the first time solar installations outpaced wind since the clean-tech publication started following global markets in 2000.

Led by record levels of solar energy deployment in China, Japan and the United States — and a down year for wind developments — 36.5 gigawatts of new solar electric generation was installed in 2013, compared to 35.5 gigawatts of wind power, according to Clean Edge’s new report, Clean Energy Trends 2014.

While the Portland clean-tech publication calculates there is still 2.5 times more wind energy produced around the world than solar energy, it projects that solar will surpass wind by 2021. It’s forecast is based on projections that the cost of photovoltaic solar will continue falling about 7 percent per year.

To download the full report: cleanedge.com/reports.

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