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Renewables 2014, the global status report on renewable energy by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), says that the “evolution of renewable energy over the past decade has surpassed all expectations.”

REN21 is a global renewable energy policy multi-stakeholder network, which has brought together both governmental and non-governmental players.

The report paints a robust picture of the renewable energy future and India has made it to the league of significant players in the emerging sector.

The report says that the early 2000s saw “upward trends in global renewable energy investment, capacity and integration across all sectors.” But “most mainstream projections did not predict the extraordinary expansion of renewables that was to unfold in the coming decades.”

Scenarios projected for renewable energy achievement by 2020 were surpassed in 2010, the report says. Renewable energy is now not only being viewed as a means to energy security but also as an answer to greenhouse gas emissions and source of social benefits. Renewables are becoming the mainstream energy source “as we enter the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL)”. Ensuring clean and sustainable energy for all by 2030 is at the centre of SE4ALL.

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