Latin America poised to become renewable energy giant

LATIN America is poised to become a major renewable energy producer, with nearly a billion solar panels’ worth of large-scale clean-electricity projects slated to come online in the next seven years, a report found today.

In welcome good news for the climate-change race, researchers said Latin American countries had more than 319 gigawatts of utility-scale solar- and wind-power projects due to be launched by 2030, equal to nearly 70% of the region’s total current electrical capacity from all sources combined.