Onshore and offshore wind led global renewables installations last year with China adding a record 30.8GW.
A new report by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has found the Asian powerhouse has surpassed Europe in total installations, with some 145GW of wind now in play.
GWEC has concluded that Europe and US markets had better than expected years with over 3GW added in the European offshore wind sector alone.
Canada, Mexico and Brazil all had strong years, according to the study.
GWEC secretary general Steve Sawyer said: “Led by wind, renewables have come of age and are transforming the power sector.”
He added: “Wind power is now mainstream, supplying competitive, reliable and clean energy to fuel economic growth, and to cut emissions in established economies, while at the same time creating new jobs, new industries, and enhancing energy security.”
The lobby group believes installed wind capacity will almost double over the next five years led by China and Europe.