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CHINA: A combined total of 450MW of wind, 100MW of solar and 20MW of storage facilities are in operation on an elevated terrain of around 100 square kilometres in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, a little more than three hours drive north of Beijing.
INDIA: There are changes afoot in the Indian turbine sector as the country's industry shifts away from the turnkey model it has historically used.
CHINA: China is pushing on with more ultra-high-voltage (UHV) transmission lines to solve its long-standing curtailment problems that keep wind power off the grid. Construction of two 800kV UHV direct current (DC) power transmission lines started in June.
CHINA: China's National Energy Administration (NEA) has released a list of new wind projects totalling 34GW in capacity that await its final approval.
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INDIA: India is now the third largest wind market by annual installations, adding 3GW in 2011 after China (17.6GW) and the US (6.8GW), according to the Global Wind Energy Council. It is also a unique market where developers and turbine manufacturers are often synonymous.
INDIA: At the time of Windpower Monthly's last special report on India, the industry was hoping for a central government stance that would provide incentives to encourage growth and a grid infrastructure that can cope.
CHINA: The Chinese wind-power market faces a tough year as the industry gets to grips with new government requirements. Though growth slowed in 2011, the market still performed very strongly, with over 15GW of newly installed capacity. Industry officials expect the wind industry to continue to lead the world in growth in 2012 as the government counts on the technology to raise the nation's consumption of renewable energy.
BRAZIL: Brazil added more than 40% of new capacity in 2011 and investors have the appetite for more in 2012.
BULGARIA: Prospects for the Bulgarian market are not bright, as legislative changes may make it more difficult for developers to access project financing.
INDIA: India's wind sector looks likely to retain its momentum in 2012 and is on track to add 700MW in the first three months. More than 3.02GW was installed in 2011, taking total installed capacity to 16.08GW, according to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The government has a target to double this by 2017.1 comment
LATIN AMERICA, EXCLUDING BRAZIL: Wind activity outside of Brazil is poised to grow. Mexico should see installed capacity increase this year, but elsewhere, legislative issues are holding up projects.
NORTHERN AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST: Political and social unrest rocked much of the Middle East and north Africa in 2011, putting projects on hold and raising concerns for future investment. While a few countries did see progress, unrest still haunts much of the region. A lot will now depend on how quickly these countries manage to regain stability and restore confidence.
SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Some of the region's countries are taking measures to encourage wind-power development, but regulatory and economic uncertainty and poor transmission are holding back progress in the Philippines, which has just a single 33MW wind farm built in 2009.
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: The year ahead should be busy in sub-Saharan Africa after significant progress was made in 2011, most notably with project tenders in South Africa, but also installations in Ethiopia and Cape Verde. Projects also made strides ahead in Nigeria, Mauritania and Kenya. In many other countries barriers such as the lack of a regulatory framework and reliable wind data continue to hamper development.