APAC installed 24.9GW of onshore wind capacity in 2018, says GWEC

20 February 2019 (Last Updated February 20th, 2019 11:17)

The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region expanded its onshore wind capacity during 2018 by 4.2% from 2017, according to data released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). 

APAC installed 24.9GW of onshore wind capacity in 2018, says GWEC
APAC region installed 24.9GW capacity of onshore wind power last year. Credit: Vasilios Muselimis on Unsplash.

The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region expanded its onshore wind capacity during 2018 by 4.2% from 2017, according to data released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

The report suggested that the APAC region installed 24.9GW capacity of onshore windpower, taking the total installed capacity of installed onshore wind to 256GW.

GWEC CEO Ben Backwell said: “Asia-Pacific is the leading growth market for the global wind industry. Aside from the largest markets in China, India and Australia, GWEC expects positive developments in South East Asia with onshore wind representing a cost-competitive choice for markets with growing energy demand.”

According to the GWEC data, China topped the list with 21.2GW, followed by India with 2.2GW onshore installations, while Australia came third with 549,000MW.

“GWEC expects positive developments in South East Asia with onshore wind representing a cost-competitive choice for markets with growing energy demand.”

GWEC anticipates that China will retain its position in the future as well. However, other markets such as India are developing and the new onshore wind capacity installations could exceed 5GW per annum.

The surge for wind energy is expected to grow further in the Asia-Pacific region, with GWEC forecasting that more than 145GW of onshore wind capacity will be installed by 2023.

GWEC Market Intelligence director Karin Ohlenforst said: “Wind markets in South East Asia offer an opportunity for growth if policy commitments focus on the competitiveness and efficiency that wind energy can offer.

“More mature Asian markets like Japan and South Korea will continue to install new onshore capacity growing the onshore market in Asia.”