Global capacity nears 500GW



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Windpower Monthly

The global wind industry added 54GW of new wind capacity in 2016, taking the worldwide total to 487GW, according to the latest annual figures from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

The total is a 13% fall on the record year in 2015, with most regions installing less in 2016 than the previous year.

Only Europe improved slightly on its 2015 figures. It added 13,926MW, just 121MW more than 2015.

Once again, China added the largest amount in 2016 with 23.3GW of new capacity — although this is down from the more than 30GW added in 2015.