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2015 was record-breaking year for global wind power according to GWEC report

The Global Wind Energy Council has released their annual report on the global wind sector for 2015.

According to GWEC's flagship publication, Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update, wind power led all technologies in new power generation in 2015. In China the wind sector continued to grow, installing 30.8 GW of new capacity, surpassing the EU in total installations, ending the year with 145 GW in total. Both Europe and the US markets performed better than expected, and the European offshore sector set a new record, installing just over 3 GW. Additionally, the report revealed that Canada, Mexico and Brazil all experienced strong years for wind power generation.

The US saw a much stronger industry emerge, setting the stage for a period of rapid growth in the coming years.

South Africa was the first market in Africa to pass the 1,000 MW in 2015, and alongside Egypt, Morocco, Ethiopia and Kenya, will be leading development in that market in the coming year. Brazil will continue to lead in Latin America, followed by Chile and Uruguay, and a potentially very large market is just now opening up in Argentina. 

Outside of China, Asia will be led by India, says GWEC, but new markets such as Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Pakistan and Mongolia are also developing quickly

GWEC anticipates that wind power installations will nearly double in the next five years. The full report can be viewed here.

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