The newly-released interactive map, The Evolution of Wind Power, resulting from a project undertaken by The Global Wind Energy Council and Greenbyte, reveals the cumulative installed capacity per country, continent, and the world between 1981-2018.
The results seem to show wind power is on a steep growth curve around the world.
China remains the world’s largest regional market for new wind power development with 188,232 MW installed capacity. The country added an additional 19.500 MW of fresh wind energy in 2017.
Pakistan almost doubled its installed wind power capacity, bringing it to 792 MW in total. Thailand saw a 50 percent increase in installed capacity from last year which gave the country some of the most impressive growth in 2017. It has now reached a total capacity of 648 MW.
The UK also saw great results with 4270 MW installed in 2017—an increase of about 30 percent from 2016. Ireland also had a great year, reaching 3127 MW of installed capacity, i.e. a 16 percent increase from 2016.
Brazil has reached a total of 12,763 MW. Chile and Honduras both grew their installed wind power capacity by more than 25 percent.
Established wind power nations Germany and the USA have kept a steady growth rate with each adding about 10 percent new capacity in 2017.
Other countries that experienced significant growth in installed wind power capacity last year were: Belgium up 20 percent to 2843 MW, India up 15 percent to 32,848 MW and France up 14 percent to 13,759 MW.