Small wind keeps growing, but at a slower rate

Following the World Summit for Small Wind 2015 that took place in Germany last month, organised by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and New Energy Husum, WWEA has published its annual statistics on the evolution of the global small wind energy market that includes the main figures from this market for 2013. After several years of continuous growth, 2013 was a challenging year for the small wind industry with a growth rate as regards installed capacity of 12% compared with 18% on the previous year. Nor are the figures regarding installed units all good as a growth of 8% has been recorded compared to 10% for 2012.

The three leading markets suffered a decrease in the number of units installed throughout the year. As at the end of 2013, a total of 870,000 small wind turbines had been installed worldwide, representing a growth of 8% compared to the previous year. This growth stood at 10% in 2012 compared to 2011 so in fact, at the end of 2012, the number of installed units amounted to 806,000. Given that the figures contained in the WWEA report are based on available data and do not even include data on two key markets such as Italy and India, WWEA estimates that the number of installed units worldwide could total more than one million units.

China continues to head up the market in terms of installed units. 55,000 units were added in 2013, 15,000 less than in 2012, achieving a total of 625,000 small wind turbines installed as at the end of 2013. The Chinese market gained 2% of the market share in 2013 and currently represents 72% of the global market in terms of total installed units.

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2015