The Distributed Energy Outlook provides analysis and forecasts of the global decentralised power generation market in 2016. The distributed energy coverage includes wind, distributed solar, combined heat and power (CHP), and generator sets. The total installed capacity for distributed generation (DG) is forecast to reach 495 GW in 2016 led by investments into CHP and distributed solar PV power. Increasing electrification, reduced costs in PV, wind power, and battery storage, and a strong drive towards carbon emission reduction across developed markets will impact the 2016 growth rates for energy-efficient distributed technologies. Asia will emerge as a dominant region for DG opportunities in 2016. Renewable mandates and policies will drive investment in distributed energy across Europe and North America.