Latin America is hosting some of the world’s most dynamic renewable energy markets, according to fresh data.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said the region is being buoyed by rapid technology cost reductions and the consolidation of renewable energy policies.
In the report, IRENA says Latin America has an “unprecedented” opportunity to accelerate the uptake of renewables across all sectors.
IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin, said:“The proven business case of renewables, combined with the imperative to decarbonise the energy sector, provides a compelling rationale for Latin American countries to continue deploying more renewables, including solar and wind.
“Policymakers also increasingly recognise renewables as a catalyst for job creation, GDP growth, development of local industries, and energy access. Add the environmental benefits – and the fact that nearly 2 million people are employed by renewables in the region – and the case for renewables is even more compelling.
“The good news is that the success achieved in Latin America, and the benefits realised, can be even further enhanced with the right policies being established
“Latin America’s advanced renewable energy policies and financing schemes also offer valuable insights for other energy markets around the world, especially as countries seek to scale up renewables to achieve emission reduction targets under the Paris climate agreement.”
In 2015, Brazil, Chile and Mexico ranked among the top ten markets in terms of renewable energy investment.
Latin America holds some of the most cost-competititve hydropower, solar and wind resources globally.
More than a quarter of the region’s total primary energy comes from renewables, twice the global average.