China to lead big bump in wind energy and solar power by 2017

China is expected to lead a jump in worldwide renewable energy production over the next five years, with total global power from green sources expected to grow 40 percent, the International Energy Agency said Thursday.

The world is expected to produce 6,400 terawatt-hours of renewable energy by 2017, equivalent to one-and-a-half times total electricity production in the United States today, the agency said.

China will account for almost 40 percent of the renewable energy growth, according to the IEA.

Significant development will also come from the United States, India, Germany and Brazil, among other countries.

The projection accounts for growth in hydropower, bioenergy from biomass, onshore wind farm, offshore wind turbines, solar energy photovoltaic cells, concentrating solar power, geothermal energy and ocean power.