Market Data: Project Activity - April 2015

WORLDWIDE: There has been a 26% drop in the activity on existing and pipeline projects compared to the same period in 2014, according to data from Windpower Monthly data subsidiary Windpower Intelligence.

Heatmap of global project pipeline figures as of April 2015
Heatmap of global project pipeline figures as of April 2015

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Out of this the largest fall in April 2015, compared to the same period last year, has been in Asia-Pacific with 63% drop. Latin America is stagnant on 0%.

However, one growth area has been the Middle-East and Africa, buoyed perhaps by the strong market in South Africa. Europe also saw a rise with activity on 31 projects throughout the region, an increase of 3%.

Overall, much of the activity has come in the form of early-stage milestones such as permitting applications and approvals.

Barring an 8% increase in turbine purchases for named projects, there has been a fall in all other activity including project construction (-52%) and construction completed (33%). Paradoxically, 21% more projects were brought online in April 2015 than in the same period in 2014.

On a month-by-month basis, the relation of April's figures to the previous month remain similar to 2014's. Permitting milestones are up by 30% and 70% for stating and completion respectively. Likewise, turbine purchase is up 10%.

In terms of project pipeline, despite the current lack of progress in Asia-Pacific, China still leads in overall pipeline capacity with 113GW of announced projects where the sites have been acquired. This is nearly double the US's 61GW.

Behind them is the UK and Germany with 46GW and 34GW respectively. Brazil leads out of the emerging markets with 23GW.

 

Pipeline capacity by region and country, in progress, sites acquired (MW)
Country MW
China 113,933
USA 61,925
UK 46,385
Germany 34,916
Brazil 23,465
Sweden 19,165
Australia 16,739
Norway 12,506
Canada 11,472
Ukraine 7,902
Turkey 7,678
Poland 7,408
France 6,112
Finland 5,838
Chile 5,637
Greece 5,425
Ireland 5,119
Mexico 4,997
India 4,771
Argentina 4261.3
Romania 3,556
Russian Federation 3,253
New Zealand 2,761
Vietnam 2,601
South Africa 2,555
Philippines 2,456
Estonia 2,438
Belgium 2,242
The Netherlands 2,055
Morocco 1,645
Italy 1,636
Egypt 1,510
Pakistan 1,492
Slovakia 1,338
Panama 1,257
Kenya 1,255
Uruguay 1,230
Kazakhstan 1,198
Latvia 1,031
Bulgaria 987
Serbia 879
Ethiopia 853
Peru 840
Denmark 775
South Korea 745
Isle Of Man 700
Israel 652
Portugal 634
Lithuania 571
Czech Republic 488
Bosnia-Herzegovina 454
Japan 404
Dominican Republic 380
Honduras 323
Jordan 313
Nicaragua 310
Costa Rica 284
Iran 264
Tanzania 250
Ghana 225
Taiwan 219
Belarus 210
Croatia 195
Macedonia 188
Lesotho 175
Austria 173
Senegal 152
Venezuela 144
Thailand 141
Maldives 125
Montenegro 118
Angola 100
Azerbaijan 100
Cyprus 100
Hungary 96
Ecuador 95
Indonesia 80
Guatemala 74
Bolivia 74
Georgia 70
Nigeria 61
Jamaica 60
Yemen 60
Malta 54
Mongolia 54
Cuba 51
Oman 50
Kosovo 45
Tunisia 45
Namibia 44
El Salvador 42
Spain 41
Sri Lanka 31
Mauritius 31
Mauritania 30
UAE 30
Aruba 26
Samoa 25
Djibouti 20
Colombia 14
Guam 10
Kuwait 10
Luxembourg 7
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) 6
Slovenia 6
Saint Kitts and Nevis 5
Switzerland 2
Uzbekistan 1

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