The global capacities for the production of electrical energy from wind increased by 93 GW last year, which is 50% more new wind turbines than in 2019, according to the recently published report of the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).
The total capacity of all wind farms in the world is now at 744 GW and is enough to meet 7% of the global demand for electrical energy.
The strong growth has surprised some observers, because many countries reported delays last year due to the disturbances in the international supply chain and lack of available labor force.
– 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 – the report says, Anadolu Agency reports.
The document says that China is still ahead of other countries, having installed an additional 52 GW (approx.) within a year, which amounts to a market share of 56%.
– With this addition, China now has installed wind capacity of 289 gigawatts, 39% of global capacity – the report says.
The USA, which remains in the second place, also recorded an extraordinary increase of capacities of close to 17 GW, reaching a total of 122 GW last year.
Commenting on these results, Stefan Gsaenger, WWEA Secretary General, said that, with increased efforts, the possibility existed that the world would get on track to meet the goals of the Paris agreement and limit global warming to 1.5°C.
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