World adds 63 GW of wind capacity in 2015

Wind power installs by region in 2007-2015. Source: GWEC (http://www.gwec.net).

February 10 (SeeNews) - The world has installed 63,013 MW of wind power capacity in 2015 to reach a cumulative 432,419 MW at the year end, according to the latest statistics by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

The wind power industry thus expanded at an annual market growth of 22%, GWEC said.

Roughly half of the new installations occurred in Asia, where the People's Republic of China added 30,500 MW. As a result, PR China alone now has more installed wind power capacity than all 28 members of the EU combined -- 145,104 MW versus 141,578 MW, respectively.

When it comes to all of Europe, it installed 13,805 MW in 2015, of which 12,800 MW are in EU countries. North America, in turn, deployed 10,817 MW and reached a cumulative 88,744 MW. The US accounted for 8,598 MW of the 2015 additions.

The global cumulative offshore wind capacity now stands at 12,105 MW, after 3,392 MW were added in 2015, most of which off the coast of Germany (2,282 MW).

The table below gives more details about the 1-GW-plus wind markets for 2015.

Country 2015 additions Cumulative at end 2015
PR China 30,500 MW 145,104 MW
The US 8,598 MW 74,471 MW
Germany 6,013 MW 44,947 MW
Brazil 2,754 MW 8,715 MW
India 2,623 MW 25,088 MW
Canada 1,506 MW 11,200 MW
Poland 1,266 MW 5,100 MW
France 1,073 MW 10,358 MW

“Wind is blowing away the competition on price, performance and reliability, and we’re seeing new markets open up across Africa, Asia and Latin America which will become the market leaders of the next decade,” said Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of GWEC.

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