Powered by 30,500MW of new installations in China, the global wind power industry installed 63,013MW in 2015, representing annual market growth of 22%, according to the global statistics released by GWEC.
Total global capacity reached 432,419MW at the end of 2015, representing cumulative growth of 17%. China has edged past the European Union in terms of total installed capacity, with 145.1GW to the EU’s 141.6GW. India chalked up a respectable 2,623MW, pushing past Spain into fourth place in terms of cumulative capacity, after China, the US and Germany. Germany’s record 6,013MW led a stronger than expected European market, followed by Poland (1,266MW), France (1,073MW), the UK (975MW) and Turkey (956MW). In the US, more than 5,000MW was installed in a remarkable fourth quarter, which resulted in an annual market of 8,598MW, and a cumulative total of 74,471MW.