Wind and Solar Has Overtaken Gas as Europe’s Biggest Electricity Source

Together, wind and solar produced 22% of the EU’s electricity in 2022, overtaking fossil gas, which produced 20%. Last year, Europe’s solar capacity grew by a record 24%, double the previous year’s growth. The EU has been forced to accelerate the green transition following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which sparked a global energy crisis and led nations to limit their reliance on Russian gas. Despite this, the EU largely avoided resorting to more coal - the dirtiest fossil fuel. 20 EU countries achieved new records for solar power added in 2022, among them Spain, Germany, Poland and France. Greece is predicted to reach its 2030 solar capacity target by the end of 2023. Watch the video to learn more about this boom in wind and solar power.