In 2013, China witnessed yet another year of impressive wind energy capacity addition. While the total capacity added was off the peak levels seen a couple of years ago, the Asian giant still managed to add 45% of all the wind energy capacity added in 2013.
According to the latest data released by the Chinese Wind Energy Association, the country added a staggering 16,089 MW of wind energy capacity [pdf], pushing the cumulative installed wind energy capacity to 92,038 MW at the end of 2013. The annual capacity addition grew by 24% while the cumulative capacity grew by 21% in 2013. Globally, a total of 35,501 MW wind energy capacity was added. Wind capacity addition in China was more than the capacity added in all of Europe.
The offshore wind energy sector saw a massive decline in 2013. Only 39 MW capacity was added last year, pushing the cumulative installed capacity to 428 MW. Only three companies installed new offshore projects last year.