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Global capacity growth hits 50GW in 2014

WORLDWIDE: The world's wind power capacity grew by more than 50GW in 2014, the first time it has hit this milestone.

Annual wind capacity additions
Annual wind capacity additions

According to figures by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), 51,477MW was installed in 2014, a growth of 44% on the previous year. Total installations stand at 369,553MW (end-2014).

The bulk of the development came from China, where more than 23GW was installed. Europe added 12.8GW, with Germany contributing the largest increase (5.2GW), followed by the UK (1.7GW). In Asia India was a distant second to China with 2,315MW.

In the Americas, the US added 4,854MW, Canada 1,871MW and Mexico 522MW. In Latin America, 3,749MW was added. Out of this, Brazil contributed 2,472MW, Chile 506MW and Uruguay 405MW.

The increases come after a slow 2013, when global installations fell for the first time since records began in 1996. Only 35.5GW of new wind farms were installed in 2013, nearly 10GW less than in the year before.

The fall in installations was largely down to the "precipitous drop" in new projects in the US due to the expected halting of the production tax credit subsidy regime at the end of 2012, GWEC said.

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