Record Chinese installations drive global wind market past 63GW

Windtech International

Powered by 30,500MW of new installations in China, the global wind power industry installed 63,013MW in 2015, representing annual market growth of 22%, according to the global statistics released by GWEC.

Total global capacity reached 432,419MW at the end of 2015, representing cumulative growth of 17%. China has edged past the European Union in terms of total installed capacity, with 145.1GW to the EU's 141.6GW. India chalked up a respectable 2,623MW, pushing past Spain into fourth place in terms of cumulative capacity, after China, the US and Germany. Germany's record 6,013MW led a stronger than expected European market, followed by Poland (1,266MW), France (1,073MW), the UK (975MW) and Turkey (956MW). In the US, more than 5,000MW was installed in a remarkable fourth quarter, which resulted in an annual market of 8,598MW, and a cumulative total of 74,471MW.

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