Global Wind Capacity to Hit 200GW Mark in 2010

27 September 2010 (Last Updated September 27th, 2010 18:30)

The world's installed wind power capacity is expected to reach about 200GW by end of 2010, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). About 40GW has been added to the total capacity in this year alone. Global Wind Energy Council secretary general Steve Sawyer said tha

The world's installed wind power capacity is expected to reach about 200GW by end of 2010, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

About 40GW has been added to the total capacity in this year alone.

Global Wind Energy Council secretary general Steve Sawyer said that they expect the US market to be down this year due to the low level of orders during the financial crisis.

"On the other hand, stronger growth in China will make up for this, and the European market is very stable," Sawyer said.

"Overall, wind energy continues to be a growth market, weathering the economic crisis much better than some analysts had predicted."

According to GWEC, global wind power will double between 2010 and 2014 reaching over 400GW.

The increase will result from growth in China, the US and Europe and new countries also entering the global wind map.

Wind power is now rapidly expanding beyond the traditional markets in North America and Europe.

"We are seeing very encouraging signs from countries in Latin America, including Brazil, Mexico and Chile, as well as Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa," Sawyer said.