China and Latin America led the global growth in wind energy in 2014, according to the latest report published by the Global Wind Energy Council.
The council’s “2014 Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update” released on Wednesday shows wind power’s “remarkable growth” in 2014 was spurred largely by China and Brazil, followed by Mexico and South Africa.
“China installed an astonishing 23 GW of new wind power last year, bringing its cumulative total to more than 114 GW, and Brazil was the world’s 4th largest market in 2014, entering the top 10 in cumulative rankings for the first time,” the council said.
“Nobody predicted that China would install 23 GW of new wind power alone,” the report said, noting it set “another record” for the Asian giant.
“China in 2014 crossed the 100,000 MW mark, adding another milestone to its already exceptional history of renewable energy development since 2005,” the report added.