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wind turbines were installed all over the world. This is an increase of 8% (10% in 2012) compared with the previous year, when 806’000 units were registered. The numbers presented here are based on available figures and even exclude major markets such as India and Italy. WWEA therefore estimates an actual total number of more than one million units to be installed worldwide. China continues clearly to be the market leader in terms of installed units: 55’000 units were added in 2013, 15’000 less than in 2012, reaching 625’000 units installed by the end of 2013. The Chinese market gained 2% of the global market during 2013; it now represents 72% of the world market in terms of total installed units. According to estimations, around half of the turbines continue to produce electricity in China given that this market started already in the early 1980s. In parallel with the 2013 decline in overall US wind installations, the small wind industry saw also a major decrease in new installations, although a bit less dramatic: 2’700 units were sold during 2013 (3’700 in 2012). With a total cumulative units installed of 157’700, USA is the second largest market, clearly behind China, but well ahead of a number of medium-sized small wind markets. The changes in the feed-in scheme introduced in the UK in November 2012 had a big impact on the market reducing the deployment of sub-50 kW new turbines by nearly 80%. Only 500 units were installed in the UK during 2013, a decrease of 86% compared with 2012 and the lowest level for four years. Germany, Canada, Japan and Argentina are all medium-sized markets with total WIND ENERGY number of small wind turbines between 7’000 and 14’500 units. 12% Increase in Global Small Wind Capacity The recorded small wind capacity installed worldwide has reached more than 755 MW as of the end of 2013. This represents a growth of more than 12% compared with 2012, when 678MW were registered. In terms of installed capacity, China accounts for 41% of the global capacity, the USA for 30% and UK for 15%. The USA small wind market grew by 5,6 MW in 2013, a 70% decline in new capacity compared with 18,4 MW in 2012. The small wind market accounted for $36 million in investment. Iowa, Nevada and California remained the leading states for cumulative small wind capacity1. In the UK, the sub-50 kW saw a dramatic decrease, installing in average 32 units per This report intends to bring forward the discussion on the definition of small wind and aims to create eventually a unanimous international classification system of small wind accepted by all parties of the industry 61 energetica INDIA · NOV | DEC15


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