Earlier this month the Pew Charitable Trusts published their 2011 edition of “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?“ This report details the current state of clean energy investment in the G-20 countries, including investment in wind, small hydro, biomass, solar, geothermal and marine energy. Profiles of each G-20 country describe the total amount of investment, its distribution, the rate of installation and relevant government policies. The report found that clean energy investment increased by 6.5% in 2011, totaling $263 billion. While the United States still has the most investment in clean energy, over the last five years China has increased their clean energy generation capacity by 92% surpassing all other countries to reach 133 GW of installed capacity, including 60 GW of wind energy.
A detailed overview of many of the lead countries in the clean energy sector puts necessary and difficult-to-acquire information in the hands of small companies like Makani. While the report does not focus on wind energy in particular, it gives a clear and coherent summary of the overall field. This information will prove invaluable as Makani negotiates the complex territory ahead.