China to boast 40,000 MW of wind capacity by the end of 2010

Not even the most optimistic of forecasts at the start of the year predicted that China could reach 40 gigawatts (GW) of installed wind capacity by the end of 2010. However, according to calculations by Li Junfeng, Director of the Energy Research Institute of the Chinese State Development and Reform Commission, this milestone will be reached. What is more, the head of the institute believes that China could quintuple this installed capacity in ten years.

A number of publications around the world have reported the news (citing the local press agency, Xinhuanet, as the source). The director of the Director of the Energy Research Institute of the State Development and Reform Commission of China, Li Junfeng, says his country could reach 40 GW by the end of the year and that figure could rise to 200 GW by 2020.

According to this expert’s calculations, world wind power capacity is expected to increase to between 400 and 500 GW by 2020, a figure approaching the total amount of nuclear power on the planet. Moreover, Li states that the clean energy industry led by wind is also driving the solar market, which will reach one thousand megawatts in China by year end, and could grow in the next ten years to reach an installed capacity of between 20 and 50 GW.

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