The Global Wind Energy Council’s wind market report, released on the first of April (April Fools’ Day in some nations) shows that joking aside, the global wind market is serious business.
Today the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) launched its flagship publication the Global Wind Report: Annual Market update. The report details wind power’s remarkable growth in 2014, during which the industry installed more than 50 GW of wind power bringing the worldwide total installed capacity to just about 370 GW.
In 2014, China was the leader in new installed capacity. The country put up 23 GW of new wind, bringing its cumulative total to more than 114 GW. Brazil moved up to the 4th largest market in the world for wind power in 2014 (installing 5.9 GW) and entered the top 10 in cumulative rankings for the first time. The African market took off in 2014, and Germany, Chile, Canada and Turkey also had record years.