Posted January 12, 2018 12:30:00 U.A.E. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he’s pleased that solar energy is gaining momentum, and says he expects to announce plans to make it the top domestic source of power in 2030.

The United Nations Secretary-Generals office said Tuesday that solar power, which makes up around half of the countrys energy mix, is up 11 percent in 2017.

Uneven global economic growth and the ongoing global conflict in Syria have both contributed to the increase in solar power.

“I think that the fact that we have the solar industry in the United States and the fact it is so vibrant is a positive development,” Guterre told reporters at the U.K.’s Prince Charles University.

“The solar sector is growing and I think we will see that more and more throughout the world.

I’m very pleased.”

The solar sector, which generates about 40 percent of the nations power mix, will be the top source of electricity generation in 2030, according to the UN office.

“Solar is very important, and the U [United Nations] is very proud of its success in this area,” said Stephen Feltman, the U of N’s executive director of energy and climate change.

“But the challenge we face is to make sure that we are in a position to meet the challenges that we face as a world.”

The UN office said that solar could account for around 20 percent of all new electricity generation by 2030, up from 11 percent this year.

The U.P.I. solar project, which was approved by the U