According to preliminary figures from WWEA, the world has seen a new record in new wind installations, adding 63,690 MW within the year 2015. The total wind capacity of the world has reached 435 GW. The global growth rate of 17,2% was higher than in 2014 (16,4%). Amongst the top 15 markets, Brazil, Poland, China and Turkey were the most dynamic countries and saw the strongest growth rates.
China has once more underpinned its role as the global wind power leader, adding 33 GW of new capacity. This represents a market share of 51,8%. The US market saw good performance with 8,6 GW of added capacity, the strongest growth since 2012. Low fossil fuel prices had no negative impact on the wind sector.
While Canada performed well and Poland and Turkey both even climbed in the global ranking, Spain was a great disappointment with 0 MW added capacity. No country which had previously a leading role ever saw such complete standstill.