Strong growth in worldwide installation of wind turbines  

2006.02.21
A new report from the Global Wind Energy Council shows that installation of wind turbines totalled 11,760 MW worldwide in 2005, a 43% increase on last year

A new report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) shows that installation of wind turbines totalled 11,760 MW worldwide in 2005, a 43% increase on last year. The value of investments in wind energy amounted to EUR 12 bn (USD 14.3 bn). In terms of capacity installed, the US led the way with approx. 25% of the total, followed by Germany, Spain and India.

Artgouros Zervos, president of GWEC, comments: "The general picture confirms that the right political framework is important to ensure growth in wind energy throughout the world, and to open new markets. 48 governments have already introduced laws and regulations which support the development of renewable energy, but these initiatives need to be increased in order to spread the advantages of wind energy to the whole world".

The wind turbine industry is currently focusing strongly on China, and Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems, the world largest wind turbine manufacturer, is set to open two new factories in China this year. China has doubled its installation of wind energy plants in 2005, and a new law on renewable energy which was passed 1 January is expected to further increase capacity, which currently totals 1,260 MW in total. The news was reported by financial daily newspaper Børsen.

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