Global wind power capacity reaches 539 GW in 2017

Countries added 52.6 GW of wind capacity in 2017, World Wind Energy Association says

The overall capacity of all wind turbines installed worldwide by the end of 2017 reached 539,291 megawatts (MW), according to World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) report on Monday.

According to preliminary statistics published by the WWEA today, 52,552 MW were added last year, slightly more than in 2016 when 51,402 MW went online.

“This is the third largest number ever installed within one year, after the record years 2015 and 2014,” the WWEA underlined.

However, the annual growth rate of only 10.8 percent is the lowest growth ever since the industrial deployment of wind turbines, which started at the end of the 20th century.

The report showed that all wind turbines installed by the end of 2017 can cover more than 5 percent of the global electricity demand.

– Denmark sets new world record

In 2017, Denmark set a new world record with 43 percent of its power coming from wind.

“An increasing number of countries have reached a double-digit wind power share, including Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Uruguay,” the WWEA said.

In addition, by far the largest wind power market was China, which installed an additional capacity of 19 GW, slightly less than in 2016, and continues its undisputed position as the world’s wind power leader, with a cumulated wind capacity of 188 GW.

Stefan Gsanger, WWEA secretary general, said the general, robust growth of wind power around the world, which goes hand in hand with further geographic diversification, is very encouraging.

“New world regions such as Latin America and most recently also Africa are playing an important role in this dynamic development,” he added.

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