World Sets Record by Adding Total 93GW of New Wind Turbines in 2020 Led by China’s 52GW

The world has set a new record in new wind power installations, adding 93 GW of new wind turbines within the pandemic year of 2020, according to preliminary wind power statistics published by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).

March 25, 2021. By Manu Tayal

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The world has set a new record in new wind power installations, adding 93 GW of new wind turbines within the pandemic year of 2020, according to preliminary wind power statistics published by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).

It further said, some countries set new installation records, including China, the USA and Russia, while most European markets saw only modest growth. The strong growth comes as a surprise to some observers as many countries reported delays over the past year due to disrupted international supply chains and lack of labour availability.

The global market for new turbines reached a total volume of 93 GW, around 50 per cent more than in the previous year 2019, and more than ever installed within a year. The total capacity of all wind farms worldwide has now reached 744 GW, which is sufficient to generate 7 per cent of the world’s electricity demand.

This strong development was achieved despite the pandemic. While COVID-19 appears to be slowing developments in some countries, it has generally not had any negative impact but rather seemed to accelerate the switch to wind and other renewable energies.

China was still in a class of its own and built around 52 GW within one year, which corresponds to a market share of 56 per cent. With this addition, China now has installed wind capacity of 289 GW, 39 per cent of global capacity. 

The US market also developed extraordinarily and grew by almost 17 GW in 2020. With such new record and wind farms with a total of 122 GW, the US undisputedly consolidated its number 2 position worldwide.

There were hardly any changes among the top 10 wind power markets. Brazil climbed from position 8 to 7, with a robust market volume of 2,5 GW (total 18 GW), while France fell from 7 to 8. 

The newcomer of the year was without a doubt Russia which tripled its installed wind capacity from 312 MW to 1027 MW and, after ranking 53rd at the end of 2019, reached the 37th place in the wind power market. The Republic of Korea (33rd to 30th) as well as Argentina (30th to 27th) both climbed three places.

Commenting on the development, Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General, said “we are very encouraged by the strong growth in the wind sector in 2020. Given that many governments become more committed to greenhouse gas-free renewable energy sources, we are very confident that such growth will also happen in the future, and becomes even stronger. Accordingly and subject to increased efforts, the possibility exists that the world gets on track to meet the goals of the Paris agreement and limit global warming to 1,5°C. The key is: Let citizens and communities around the world realise and experience the benefits of wind power.”

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