Last week it was reported that within the UK, solar power eclipsed coal power over a month for the first time.
Solar panels, thanks to longer summer days, generated 50% more electricity than coal across the whole month of May.
As coal-powered energy plants begin to shut down due to restrictions on pollution, more energy now needs to be found from alternative sources.
Which countries are filling this gap and producing the most energy from renewable sources?
In 2015 Denmark lead the way for energy consumption from renewable energy. A world record 42% of its electricity was just from wind turbines.
Denmark have long been the global leader in switching t renewables. Therefore it is therefore no surprise that Denmark now plans to be 100% free of fossil fuel by 2050.
In a 2014 report, the Danish Energy Agency even laid out four scenarios on how to be fossil fuel free by the 2050 deadline.
Portugal reached a zero emission milestone earlier this year when the whole country was powered by wind, solar and hydro generated electricity for a remarkable 107 hours.
A report by the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association showed that wind provided 22% of electricity in the country and all renewable sources together provided 48%.
Portugal’s progress represents a significant achievement for a European country and could represent tangible proof that the transition to renewables is gathering real pace.
When it comes to renewable, and especially solar power, Germany well and truly sets the benchmark.
In 2015 it was reported that the country generated 78% of the day’s electricity demands from renewable sourced of energy.
With a population of over 80 million people, this figure is all the more impressive and bodes well for a future of renewable energy.
Last year, researches from the University of Lappeenranta investigated renewable energy options for Finland in 2050.
They reported that a fully renewable energy system, including all energy consuming sectors, is not only a possible but a viable solution for Finland.
According to a Motiva report, the immediate goal is to increase Finland’s share of renewable energy in final consumption to 38% by 2020.
With aims to be a completely fossil-free nation, Sweden were always going to be up there is these rankings.
It was in 2015 that the nation set ambitious goals to eliminate all fossil fuel usage and switch to alternative and renewable forms of renewable energy.
In late 2015 Sweden proved they were serious about switching to renewables with a serious investment programme. A total of $546 million was planned to be invested in climate-protection measures.