China is the world's largest investor in renewable energy, sinking $126.6 billion into the sector, a 31% increase over 2106.
The world added more solar power capacity than any other type of energy in 2017, outpacing all fossil fuels, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
In 2017, solar energy attracted $160.8 billion in investment in 2017, an 18% increase over 2016.
Renewable energy, including wind, hydro, and solar, supplied a record 12% of the world's energy needs, according to the report.
Global investment in renewable energy held steady over last year, with over $200 billion invested. China was the biggest contributor, sinking $126.6 billion alone into the sector, a 30% increase over 2016, according to the report.
Since 2004, the world has invested over $2.9 trillion into renewable energy.
The chart below shows net capacity growth for different electricity sources, factoring in power plant closures. Coal was the hardest hit, according to Carbon Brief: