A handful of major markets drive growth

Windpower monthly

WORLDWIDE: Only a few years ago, wind's success was spreading into new regions across the world.

But while 2017 saw a healthy level of new installations, most of this was in just five countries and driven by pending changes to procurement mechanisms.

New installations topped the 50GW mark for the third year running in 2017.

According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), 52.6GW was installed last year, taking worldwide capacity to 539.6GW.

Activity was largely concentrated in five countries — China, the US, Germany, the UK and India — which accounted for 41.5GW, or 78.9% of the total.

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