Additions of 52.6 GW in 2017 took the full capability of worldwide put in wind generators to 539 GW by the tip of December, in response to figures printed right this moment.
The statistics from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) reveal that final 12 months’s installations had been the third annual largest ever, after the file years of 2015 and 2014.
However, the WWEA factors out that the 2017 annual progress fee of solely 10.eight per cent is the bottom progress ever for the reason that industrial deployment of wind generators began on the finish of the 20th century.
In 2017, Denmark set a brand new world file with 43 per cent of its energy coming from wind. An rising variety of international locations have now reached a double-digit windpower share, together with Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Uruguay.
China was by far the biggest wind market, with an put in capability of 19 GW final 12 months, barely lower than in 2016, and a cumulative wind capability of 188 GW.
The figures present that final 12 months the US added 6.eight GW, Germany 6.1 GW, India four.6 GW, the UK three.three GW and Brazil 2 GW.
However, the WWEA report highlights that some main markets in Europe “confronted stagnation”, similar to Spain and Portugal. It added that “on the similar time, the brand new set up file in Germany and in another European markets is quite the results of an anticipated market collapse, as a result of change from feed-in tariffs to auctions, which has been imposed by the European Commission, and creates main difficulties particularly for small and medium-sized buyers, together with neighborhood possession”.
WWEA secretary-general Stefan GsÃ¤nger stated: “The normal, sturdy progress of windpower around the globe which fits hand in hand with additional geographic diversification may be very encouraging. New world areas similar to Latin America and Africa are taking part in an necessary function on this dynamic improvement.
“Obviously, many governments have understood that wind energy brings nice advantages to their societies, as it’s emission-free, low-cost, home and accessible and gives a really enticing pathway to reaching the Paris settlement. However, indicators of weak spot, particularly in Europe, are a matter of concern. The European Union and its member states ought to urgently reinforce their efforts to deploy wind energy as a part of an total renewable power technique and to work out a roadmap for a 100 per cent renewable power future.”