This Article Was Written By Energy Watch | 05.10.18 | 12:34 PM Since the spark from which modern understanding of electricity emerged in the 18th century, inventors and innovators have been striving to find ever more effective ways of generating this exceptional resource. At the forefront of that quest has been the drive to develop truly renewable energy. As of 2016 renewable energy boasted a global installed capacity of 2,011 GW. But where did it all start? Welcome to our global timeline of renewable energy. Part 2 – Hydropower. *Part 1 of our Global Renewables Timeline series covers Solar milestones across the world.