Wind capacity ‘grows by over 60GW in 2019’

Published onMarch 26, 2020

Global wind energy capacity increased by over 60GW in 2019, making it the second highest year for new installations, according to a new report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). GWEC’s 15th edition of the ‘Global Wind Report’ said year-on-year growth in 2019 was 19%, with 60.4GW installed. The main driver of growth was market-based mechanisms, with auctioned wind capacity in 2019 more than doubling on 2018 to over 40GW worldwide, the council said. Most of the new capacity was in established markets, with the top five – comprising China, US, UK, India and Spain – accounting for 70%. In terms of cumulative installations, China, US, Germany, India and Spain remain the top markets, making up 73% of the total 651GW of capacity across the world.