February 19 (Renewables Now) - The Asia-Pacific region brought online 24.9 GW of onshore wind capacity in 2018, bringing the region’s cumulative installations to 256 GW, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said today.
Fresh onshore wind additions last year rose by 4.2% in annual terms, according to preliminary figures. The top three countries that led the growth were China, with 21.2 GW of deployments, India with 2.2 GW and Australia with 0.55 GW. China took the number one spot in terms of new installations both in the region and globally.
GWEC expects that more than 145 GW of new onshore wind parks will be commissioned in Asia-Pacific by 2023, with China remaining the world leader. More mature markets like Japan and South Korea will continue to grow and other markets will make further steps in their progress. One of these is India, where the annual deployments could surpass 5 GW following the conduct of auctions, GWEC said.
“Aside from the largest markets in China, India and Australia, GWEC expects positive developments in South-East Asia with onshore wind representing a cost-competitive choice for markets with growing energy demand,” said Ben Backwell, GWEC’s CEO.