Global wind power base grows to nearly 490GW: GWEC report



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The wind industry added a further 54GW of plant to the grid around the world last year, with turbines in more than 90 countries making up an installed generating capacity of 486.8GW, according to figures from the Global Wind Energy Council’s (GWEC) latest Global Wind Report.

During 2016’s 12.6% growth, nine nations joined the 10GW-plus installed club, and 29 now have 1GW or more turning. Wind power penetration in Denmark is pushing 40%, Uruguay, Portugal and Ireland over 20%, Spain and Cyprus 20%, Germany 16%, and Canada 6%, with first tier markets China and the US getting 4% and 5.5%, respectively.