The global wind energy market grew by ten per cent in 2012, with a capacity increase of 19 per cent, according to figures published by the Global Wind Energy Council.
The US saw more than 8GW of turbines installed in the last quarter of the year, as developers rushed to get projects completed before the expiration of the Production Tax Credit.
There was more than 13GW of new wind capacity added in the US throughout 2012.
Europe accounted for 12.4GW, a record year led by Germany and the UK, with larger than expected activity in Sweden, Romania, Italy and Poland.
Both China and India slowed last year, with annual installations reaching 13.2GW and 2.3GW respectively.
Brazil led Latin America with more than 1GW installed and Australia accounted for all new capacity in the Pacific region with 358MW of new turbines.
Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of the Global Wind Energy Council, said, ‘While China paused for breath, both the US and European markets had exceptionally strong years. Asia still led global markets, but with North America a close second, and Europe not far behind.’
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