February 4, 2009

US and China top wind race

The US has become number one in installing wind power bypassing Germany last year, according to a recent report from the Global Wind Energy Council based in Belgium. China, meanwhile, has doubled its total capacity for the fourth straight time.

Global wind energy capacity last year was said to have grown by 28.8% reaching a total global installations of more than 120.8 gigawatt. Over 27 gW of new wind power generation capacity came online in 2008, 36% more than in 2007, according to GWEC.

The global wind market for turbine installations in 2008 was said to be worth around EUR 36.5bn ($47.5bn). Here are the stats!

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