Global wind power capacity increased by 22.5% in 2010 with 35.8 GW of new installations built, taking the total worldwide to 194.5 GW at end-2010 from 158.7 GW a year earlier, according to figures published Wednesday by the Global Wind Energy Council. A total of $65 billion was invested in the sector worldwide, the GWEC said.
But the overall growth rate was lower than the previous year for the first time in 20 years. In 2009, 38.6 GW was installed.GWEC noted that more than half of the new capacity built in 2010 came outside the traditional wind markets of Europe and North America, with China and other Asian nations witnessing a boom. China alone added 16.5 GW, to almost have the total new capacity.