Global capacity grows by 52.6GW in 2017



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Global turbine installations totalled 52,573MW in 2017 down 3.7% from a year earlier, according to the latest figures from the Global Wind Energy Association (GWEC).

The fall in capacity, which was 17.4% lower than the record installation year in 2015, was blamed on the “only 19.5GW” added in China, down from 23.3GW added in 2016.

“The numbers show a maturing industry, in transition to a market-based system, competing successfully with heavily subsidised incumbent technologies,” said GWEC secretary general, Steve Sawyer.

“The transition to fully commercial market-based operation has left policy gaps in some countries, and the global 2017 numbers reflect that, as will installations in 2018.