The new interactive map shows the cumulative installed wind capacity per country, continent and the world between 1981 and 2017. China added 23,328 MW of installed capacity in 2016, bringing the total to 168,690 MW and ensuring that the country remains the world’s largest regional market for new wind power development. Pakistan almost doubled its installed wind power capacity in 2016 to 591 MW, while South Korea achieved a 19 percent increase from last year to 1,031 MW making it the fourth biggest wind power nation in Asia.
France had an excellent year in 2015 with 1073 MW installed and still managed to double its growth in 2016 to nearly 12 GW of super-clean wind energy in total. South Africa reached 1471 MW of installed capacity, representing a 28 percent increase from 2015.
In Latin America, Brazil kept its impressive and steady growth with more than 2 GW installed, totalling 10,740 MW and Chile’s and Uruguay’s respective installed wind power capacity grew more than 30 percent.
Established wind power nations Germany and USA have kept a steady growth with 10 percent new capacity added in 2016 respectively. Notable in 2016, Germany crossed the 50 GW mark.
Other countries that experienced significant growth in installed wind power capacity last year were Chile up 34.5 percent to 1424 MW, Uruguay up 30 percent to 1210 MW and Peru up 39 percent to 241 MW. Turkey increased its percentage to 23 percent (to 6081 MW) and Netherlands capacity went up 20.5 percent to 4328 MW.
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