"100GW of wind isn’t just a number, it’s the product of 40 years of ingenuity and work from the more than 114,000 Americans directly employed by the wind industry," said AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan.
The near-term wind development pipeline has reached a record 46.5GW, and the offshore pipeline is 6GW in advanced development, the trade organisation said.
The modern global utility-scale wind industry was born in California in the 1980s.
Developers installed eight new wind projects for more than 1.9GW in the quarter, the highest third quarter for installations on record.
Corporate customers including Sprint, Gap, and Honda.