China Becomes Global Wind Leader as Global Capacity Hits 432.4 GW
China became the world’s leading wind energy producer while global wind capacity grew 17% in 2015, to 432.4 gigawatts, the Global Wind Energy Council reported last week.
With an “astonishing” 30.5 GW of new capacity, the country increased its total installations to 145.1 GW, one-third of the world total.
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“2015 was a big year for the big markets—China, the U.S., Germany, and Brazil, all of which set new records,” said GWEC Secretary-General Steve Sawyer. “But there is a lot of activity in new markets around the world, and I think in 2016 we’ll see a broader distribution.”
With European countries adding 6 GW of new capacity, China blew past the EU for the first time.
“China is ramping up renewable energy in a bid to limit smog-causing pollution from coal plants and act on climate change. Falling costs increasingly make the technology competitive with fossil fuels,” ClimateHome reports. “Last month the head of the European wind lobby said its turbine-makers were choosing fast-growing markets in the developing world over EU member states, whose policies to invest in the technology were uncertain.”