Strong growth pushes wind close to 500GW



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Windpower Monthly

WORLDWIDE: Wind power’s record growth in 2015 proved a predictably hard act to follow, but 2016 was the industry’s second best year in terms of new installations worldwide. Windpower Monthly drills down on the numbers to highlight the countries and regions where wind is winning

Just short of 55GW of new wind-power capacity was installed worldwide in 2016, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

That was a little down on 2015’s record number, but higher than any other year. The global total now stands at more than 487GW, nearly half of which — 241GW — has been added in the past five years.